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NFL Clears Jets in Tampering Claim

The league cleared the New York Jets of tampering chargers alleged by the Patriots regarding the Jets talks with Deion Branch when the Patriots wideout staged a holdout starting in the 2006 preseason.

New England had granted Branch permission to discuss terms of a contract with other teams, but discussions were not to include what a team would offer in trade. The Patriots claimed the Jets told Branch what New York would offer.

The Jets offered a second-round pick. Branch eventually went to Seattle for a first-rounder in the upcoming 2007 NFL Draft.