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Sources: Arbitrator delays Branch grievance

Updated: September 7, 2006, 4:58 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Arbitrator John Feerick of Fordham Law School has reserved judgment on a grievance filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Patriots hold-out wide receiver Deion Branch, NFLPA sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Thursday.

In the grievance, Branch contended the Patriots reneged on a verbal promise to trade him if he reached a contract agreement with another team, and that team made a fair trade proposal to the Patriots.

Feerick told both sides that it would premature to ...

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