Now that Chayat has filed a Grievance, I think the NYJ front office is in a frenzy. The NY Jets thought that they could stir the pot and make life miserable for the Patriots. They never considered the erratic behavior of Chayat. I think they thought we''ll make a high offer; the Pats won't agree to compensation, but in the end they will have to equal our offer to Branch or he will be bitter and maybe ineffective with the Patriots. :bricks: They never thought that they might well be penalized with the loss of at least one and a good chance two #1 draft pick. The assumed any action by the Patriots to invoke arbitration could be halted by Branch and his agent. Now they have requested it and provided the opening for the Patriots to jump to a devastating victory,by merely agreeing to an arbitrator. It would doom the NYJ rebuilding program. :bricks: Sooner or later Mangini and Tannenbau would be fired. :bricks: If not for the direct stupidity of losing t #1 picks then eventually for the poor non-winning teams fielded without the use of those picks.:bricks: The Patriots would be strengthened immeasurably to add two top ten picks in addition to their normal (over) allotment of picks. They offered Branch a salary equal to what the Patriots offered or near enough. But more importantly they both offered a salary package equal to a "franchised player" not just just as if one team did, and the other did not. Then there could be a dispute about the players value. Now there cannot really be one, since both made the "franchise player" offer or its equivalent. So they BOTH agreed that he is worth a "franchised players" compensation. If I am an arbitrator, I look for guidance in the rules for compensation for "franchised " players. Fortunately there is a bargained and agreed value for a franchised player. It says compensation is 2 first round draft picks. There is even a precedent and example in which Joey Galloway,also a holdout and a WR, was traded for 2 #1 picks after a holdout deep into the season. If I were the Patriots that is what I want, no more no less. That is what the CBA prescribes and precedent sets as guidance to an arbitrator. Now the Jets FO thought they could mess with BB head, except it is backfiring and blowing up in their faces. The Jets may well end up in 2007 with a top ten pick and its possible the same could occur in 2008.