Borges (in non-editorial mode) reports that the Patriots are challenging one of the two grievances based on the arbitrator's jurisdiction: http://www.boston.com/sports/footba.../branch_patriots_scrimmage_over_jurisdiction/ Reiss mailbag offers speculation that might suggest why: The first grievance is that the Patriots received reasonable compensation for Branch in the form of a second-round pick. The Patriots will fight that and say he is worth more than that, and probably win. Then comes the second grievance, which is that the Patriots haven't negotiated in good faith. Branch's camp would then use the Patriots' argument from the first grievance that Branch is worth more than a second-round pick, and say "Then why don't you pay him accordingly?" http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extras/askreiss/09_05_06/?page=2 Of course, this doesn't even count the mysterious 3rd suit that Kessler alluded to. Personally, the "throw up every lawsuit we can think of and hope that one sticks" approach is pretty loathsome.