Tom Brady paid tribute to "great friend" Deion Branch, after the veteran wide receiver signed for the Indianapolis Colts this week, reports NFL.com.
The New England Patriots quarterback will line up against his former team-mate in a playoff showdown this weekend, but he insists he's not focusing solely on the impact Branch could make.
"That's for our defense," said Brady. "They're going to worry about all those guys, prepare for all those guys.
"And that's part of guys changing teams and so forth."
Branch - MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX - enjoyed two separate stints with the Patriots, totalling 4,297 yards and 24 touchdowns.
His best season in New England was in 2005 when he had 79 receptions for 998 yards. However, he's unlikely to be in prime condition this weekend, given the fact that he's been out of action all season.
"It's nice to see a guy get an opportunity, especially one of your great friends," Brady added. "I keep in touch with a lot of guys.
"Over the years I've had a lot of great friends that I've been lucky enough to play with on this team that are just great people and you're always wishing the best for those people."
Branch did not address the media on Tuesday afternoon, as he was looking to cram in as much time as possible to learn the Colts' offensive plays during his first session on the practice field with Chuck Pagano's team, before Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game.