The following is a quote from todays Globe article. Branch a long shot to return: Grievance may be heard before opener By John Tomase Boston Herald Sports Writer Sunday, September 3, 2006 - Updated: 11:06 AM EST "The Patriots had hoped to show Branch he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worth as much as he thought on the market, but the last week disproved that. The Seahawks offered Branch the same deal as the Jets, but the Jets made their offer first." In this Globe article and on this board many have ASSUMED the Pat's allowed Dieon to seek a trade in order to show him his market value was less then he thought it was. First off can anyone show a quote where BB or any FO person says that this is why they allowed Branch a week to negociate with another team was too show him his market worth was not what he thought it was? This premise, IS SIMPLY THAT, A PREMISE an ASSUPTION, yet it is reported as FACT. No one knows the Pat's FO real thinking on this matter. It is just a plausable that the Pat's said "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH' and wished to identify teams willing to pay Branch his desire so they could get rid of him and move on with this season. I personaly think BB has seen this Branch fiasco comming for some time, all the way back to the SB MVP Branch won and then rejected the Pat's offer to extend him. I think that is why BB took Jackson in the second round and would have in the first if Maroney had not been there and why he took Three, count them Three tight ends in the draft. He was looking ahead and implementing his plan to move on when Branch decided to holdout and became a jerk. BB was doing what he always does planning ahead for every possible problem. My premise is just as logical as the other and in fact it fits BB's MO to never be unprepared and always have a plan for any eventuallity. There is alot of somke being passed off as fact in this drama. I will always watch and err on the side of BB and the front office in these matters.... Why: well 3 Super Bowls and BLEDSOE and Milloy are 5 good reasons. The press has been wrong and BB has been right on all of these what gives the Press any credibility now.