by Scott Benson

Tom Curran of is reporting this hour that Deion Branch and Jason Chayut have filed a grievance against the Patriots with the NFLPA and have requested that the association hold a special hearing on it today.

The protest is reportedly based on Chayut’s belief that the Pats have reneged on a promise to deal Branch for a “fair and reasonable” offer, after they entertained (and, apparently, declined) an overture by the Jets.

While you’re at, slide over to Tom’s daily column, where he asks the pertinent question:

“If some team wanted Branch this much, shouldn’t they have stepped to the plate with an offer before the deadline was bearing down?”

Pro Football Talk also alleged earlier that the Jets’ offer was little more than some vigorous AFC East gamesmanship.

All right, I’ll go back to shutting up now.