http://bostoncollege.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=603&mid=78597484&sid=&tid=78597484&style=1 "a mole inside the stadium has told me that the resigning of branch will happen before the arbitration is heard. The background is this: the team made what they thought was a fair offer to Branch before the opening of camp. His agent did not even counter. Before the pats agreed to let him shop himself they made it clear that because of his remaining contract year, and franchise tag they would view his trade rights in excess of what a restricted free agent signing brings a team. Branh's agent is essentially claiming that the pats had the obligation to lower that position. There is no way that Branchs people can win their case, they know that...he will be in uniform for the second game....." A couple of replies later : ".....but mark down the Branch thing......"