Branch renegotiates contract

Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch was always known for being able to make quick cuts coming out of his routes in his first stint with the Patriots. Back with the Patriots just three days, Branch, who was returned to Fort Foxborough in exchange for a fourth-round pick, has shown a willingness to make a quick cut again.

The veteran wide receiver has agreed to renegotiate the last year of the six-year, $39 million deal he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2006, after the Patriots shipped him to Seattle the day after the ’06 season-opener following a lengthy contract dispute.

Branch has agreed to reduce his base salary for 2011 from $5.95 million to $2.2 million, according to a source with knowledge of the contract. The redone deal includes incentives for catches and a Pro Bowl appearance that could push his take-home pay for 2011 to $4 million.

Advertisement

Branch’s base salary for this year of $5.47 million is unchanged. It became guaranteed on opening day.

Branch is very happy to be back in New England with quarterback Tom Brady, and there is the possibility that if his second tour of duty with the Patriots works out well he could sign a longer-term deal down the line. But there have been no serious discussions about that yet.

For now, the sides are content with the renegotiation and excited to see what Branch can do reunited with TB12.