Amidst all the talk about arbitration hearings, the Patriots reneging on their promise to trade Branch, etc, is there any place for Branch’s agent to be blamed for the Branch saga? ProFootballTalk.com believes that Jason Chayut, agent for Deion Branch, should have focused on first finding out from the Patriots exactly what it would take to get a trade done, and only then start to work on a contract with a new team once he knew where the Patriots stood.
Instead, Chayut started negotiating with other interested teams and then found out that the Patriots were not serious about striking a deal. This has definitely contributed to where the issue stands today and could have been avoided. Chayut got Branch’s hopes up, made teams interested in Branch excited about the possibility of acquiring a talented wide receiver (Seahawks/Jets), and made a lot of people angry (including his client) when everyone found out that the Patriots had no interest in trading Deion.
Now Deion Branch is stuck in a really tough situation. Going back to play for the Patriots would be like trying to get back together with a girlfriend that you had been cheating on…not a very comfortable situation.
If you do not know the current situation, here is a short timeline:
- This Thursday and Friday, special master Stephen Burbank of Penn Law School will hear Branch’s grievance that the Patriots have not bargained with him in good faith.
- On Sept. 7th, John Feerick of Fordham Law School decided to hold off on hearing Branch’s grievance concerning the Patriots reneging on a verbal promise to trade Branch if another team wanted to sign him and a fair trade was proposed to the Patriots, but did re-inforce the fact that he has juridiction over the matter.
- The Patriots claim that John Feerick does not have jurisdiction over any grievance filed by Branch.
- NFLPA attorney, Jeff Kessler, threatened to seek compensation from the Patriots if the grievances fail.
- On Sept. 1st, Deion Branch filed two grievances against the Patriots.
Update: Sorry I did not update this sooner, but I was at this thing called college.Â Anyway, as a commenter has already posted, the Seahawks have sent their 2007 first-round draft pick to the Patriots for the rights to Deion Branch.Â The grievances have been dropped and all sides should be happy.Â By the way, as of 8:18PM, this site has registered 750 hits today.Â Thanks for the visits.
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