Actually PFT is quoting Borges, the Pats are claiming that the Arbitrator has no jurisdiction... interesting, have contended all along there is no violation of the NFL CBA... http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm Ron Borges of the Boston Globe reports that the New England Patriots and the NFL have filed a motion to dismiss one of Deion Branch's grievances on the grounds that there is no jurisdiction to arbitrate the claim. The motion will be argued in a Wednesday evening conference call, and at that time the team and the league will explain that there's no basis for the grievance because there's no language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that applies to this specific situation. Based on our review of the CBA, we agree. Like most union contracts, the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA contains a broad "Management Rights" clause. Section Article II, Section 3 of the CBA states: "The NFL Clubs maintain and reserve the right to manage and direct their operations in any manner whatsoever, except as specifically limited by the provisions of this Agreement." This basically means that NFL teams can do whatever they want, and that their activities are limited only by specific provisions of the CBA.