I agree. It certainly sounds like a reasonable starting point for
negotiations. I can also understand the backloading issue. I would
think the Pats could make an adjustment there, to kickstart the
process. I also read that the signing bonus was to be spread over two
years. They might consider paying it all up front. These are two
moves that would show good faith, by addressing Branch's concerns,
and not effect the total value of the contract. If that too was
flatly rejected, the Pats would certainly be able to claim redoubled
efforts to resolve the issue, and place the ball clearly in Branch's
In Bill we trust.
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, "RandyZ. Pierce" <alaric02@...>
> There is a moe thorough breakdown of the Branch situation in the
Boston Globe. It is interesting to me to note that Branch already
may have accumulated 126K in fines. It was surprising that the sides
report no communication since May. At the point my fines are
reaching that high I'd either expect my agent to pay for them or my
agent to be calling them and attempting to work a deal. The last
offer came from the Patriots and as an extension it made Branch's
salary offer just over 6 Million/year. I think these are at least
numbers from which negotiation and counter offers could be made and I
hope they are being made and we are simply blind to it.
> Anyhow, I recommend the read:
> Go Pats!