Branch took a pay cut to rejoin the Pats

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Receiver Deion Branch of Albany restructured his contract to take less money from the New England Patriots.

Branch, reacquired Monday in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, had been scheduled to make $5.47 million this season and $5.95 in 2011. He said Thursday his contract had been restructured but did not give details. His agent, Jason Chayut, did not return a call seeking comment.

Branch has two years left on a six-year, $39 million contract he signed with Seattle after being traded in 2006 by New England, where he spent four seasons. ESPN reported that his salary for 2010 remains unchanged, but his 2011 salary is now closer to the $2.15 million that wide receiver Wes Welker is scheduled to be paid. Branch also can earn $2 million in incentives, ESPN reported.

The restructuring makes more money available for the Patriots to pursue a contract extension for Welker.