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Alan Branch | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 350
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (33) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Patriots DT Alan Branch will receive a $100,000 bonus if he weighs 350 pounds or less at the start of training camp.
Branch can earn additional $100,000 bonuses for weighing 355 pounds or less at check-ins in April, May and July. The Patriots are providing similar incentives for Marcus Cannon with target weights of 350 pounds in April, 345 in June and 340 for training camp. It's a smart way for New England to keep both players in shape throughout the offseason. Branch is listed at 350 so he shouldn't have too much trouble hitting his marks. Apr 3 - 10:21 AM

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The Patriots will pay DT Alan Branch his $400,000 offseason roster bonus.

It also puts them in line to pay Branch's $1.2 million base salary. He can earn an additional $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses. Branch, 31, emerged as a big-time run stuffer for New England down the stretch of last season.
Mar 8 - 4:32 PM

Patriots re-signed DL Alan Branch to a two-year contract.

The deal has a max value of $6.6 million. Branch, 30, appeared in eight games as a situational run stopper after signing with the Patriots in October. He can play 3-4 end and defensive tackle, and will return as part of the defensive line rotation.
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 07:50:00 PM

Patriots signed DL Alan Branch.

Branch, 30 in December, had a career-best season for the Bills in 2013, notching 39 tackles and grading out as a top-ten run-stuffing 3-4 end at Pro Football Focus. The Bills signed him to a three-year extension last December, but Branch mailed it in after the season, getting comfortable. He failed his conditioning test to open training camp, was arrested for DUI 14 hours before kickoff of a preseason game, and was then released. He's always played well against the run.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Bills released DT Alan Branch.

Branch essentially packed it in after Buffalo signed him to a pricey extension last November. He reported to camp out of shape and then was arrested on Saturday for DUI. Branch's release should lock in Stefan Charles' roster spot.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 03:07:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports Bills DT Alan Branch was arrested for DUI Saturday morning.

It explains why Branch was inactive for Buffalo's preseason game. Bills coach Doug Marrone plans to meet with Branch Sunday to discuss the incident. Already on the roster bubble, Branch is a strong candidate to be released. DTs Corbin Bryant, Landon Cohen, and Stefan Charles are all higher-upside options.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 08:04:00 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia considers DT Alan Branch a possible release candidate.

Branch opened camp on active/PUP and has struggled with his conditioning. He was the third defensive tackle in the Bills' rotation last year, but isn't a strong fit in Jim Schwartz's 4-3. Landon Cohen has impressed this preseason and could push for snaps. Branch will likely only need to hold off Corbin Bryant or Stefan Charles. Buffalo would net $1.9 million in cap savings by cutting Branch.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Bills activated DT Alan Branch from the active/NFI list.

He's passed his conditioning test. Branch returns as one of the Bills' primary run stuffers.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:54:00 PM

Bills DT Alan Branch failed his conditioning test and is on the NFI list.

Marcell Dareus' failed test grabbed the headlines, but Branch also couldn't complete the task. Both defensive tackles are expected to retake the test Thursday or Friday.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Bills signed DT Alan Branch to a three-year contract extension.

Instead of letting Branch hit free agency, the Bills lock up their veteran run-stuffer. The 28-year-old's first season in Buffalo was a rousing success as he is on his way to a career-high in tackles while grading out as a top-10 3-4 end against the run.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:00:00 PM

Bills agreed to terms with DT Alan Branch, formerly of the Seahawks, on a one-year, $3 million contract.

The veteran run stopper will slide in as a role player behind Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. Branch played 575 snaps for the Seahawks last season, grading out in the middle of the pack in Pro Football Focus' defensive tackle ratings. He'll help shore up a run defense that allowed 145.8 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry in 2012.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 02:04:00 PM

Free agent DT Alan Branch will visit the Bills Tuesday.

Per CBS' Jason La Canfora, the Bills are "pretty interested in getting something done." Branch, 28, could slide in as a situational run stuffer behind starting tackles Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 09:34:00 AM

ESPN's John Clayton says that the Packers could have interest in free agent DT Alan Branch.

Branch's new agent also reps Jermichael Finley. It's possible he could be shopped to the Packers as a situational run stopper. After resurrecting his career in Seattle, Branch is likely to settle for a one-year deal near the veteran minimum.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Free agent DT Alan Branch has fired CAA as his player representation agency, and he has hired Blake Baratz.

PFT's Mike Florio says to not be surprised if Branch now ends up in Jacksonville with his former defensive boss in Seattle, Gus Bradley. Branch, 28, turned his career around with the Seahawks, and even after signing Roy Miller, the Jaguars need interior bodies. Branch is a behemoth at 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 08:00:00 PM

The Florida Times Union calls free agent DT Alan Branch a possibility for the Jaguars, "if the price is right."

The dots connect, as Branch played under new Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley in Seattle and Jacksonville is desperate for run stuffers. Branch, who goes 6-foot-6 and roughly 330 pounds, is also rumored to be on the Patriots' radar.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 01:35:00 PM

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