If this is referring to what Branch is making this year, its a moot point since he signed his contract and it still has one year (this year) left.
Though I will agree that it is slightly under what he should make if he is as productive as he was last year, though not so much if he is no better than the years previous to that.
If this is in refrence to the new contract then I have to ask just how much the Pats are offering him in his new contract.
If you cant answer this (and I'm not referring to what they MAY be offering him based on what they MAY have offered Givens or any other receiver, strictly what they are offering Branch without the conjecture and guessing), then the comments about the Pats shortchanging Branch are baseless. As far as anyone knows, it is equally possible that Branch is holding out for a contract the size of the one paid to T.O., thus untill we know exactly what the Pats are offering and what Branch is asking, we have know idea at all as to whether the Pats are shortchanging him.
Just my .02, but it seems ludicrous to be talking about shortchaning, and needing to get the deal done, and needing to stop playing hardball and all the other stuff untill we know what the situation is they are actually dealing with.
Of course, if this was not about the new contract and was simply about him being underpaid for this year, just ignore all the previous ...