My read on the situation is that the Patriots will win the grievance hearing outright, and will not trade Branch. Once Branch realizes the Pats aren't doing anything, he will report for duty. Sitting out ten games doesn't help his cause in any way. The pressure on him to return to the team, from his friends and his own desire to play the game, will overcome his agent and his own patience. The solution to the Branch problem is to do nothing at all.