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Alan Branch | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 350
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (33) / ARZ
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ESPN's Michael Rothstein considers the Lions a possible landing spot for free agent DT Alan Branch.
Branch played in Matt Patricia's scheme in New England. He hasn’t had any interest since his team option was declined in March, but would give Detroit a veteran replacement for Haloti Ngata. The Lions have also been linked to free agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois. May 19 - 4:12 PM
Source: ESPN

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The Patriots will not exercise DT Alan Branch's 2018 team option, letting him become a free agent.

Branch was owed a $1 million team option. Limited to 12 appearances last season and a healthy scratch for the playoffs, Branch's fate was long ago sealed. The move frees up $3.55 million in cap space. Branch has been with the Pats since 2014.
Mar 6 - 4:04 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch plans to continue playing in 2018.

Branch is coming off a down year, playing in just 12 games (six starts) and sitting out the postseason as a healthy scratch. He's owed a $1 million roster bonus on the first day of the new league year and likely won't be brought back. The Patriots can save $3.5 million from releasing Branch.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 6:02 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch is owed a $1 million roster bonus on the first day of the 2018 league year.

If the Patriots pick up his option, Branch will be owed $1.7 million with another $850,000 available in incentives and bonuses. It is a lot of money for a player who fell out of favor late in the season. The Patriots will likely move on.
Source: ESPN
Feb 12 - 9:23 AM

Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

Branch sat out the final three games of the season, but this practice puts him on track to return in the Divisional Round. Branch has had mostly a down season, but he is still a solid run stuffer.
Jan 4 - 9:42 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots DL Alan Branch (knee) will miss a "few weeks."

Branch will likely miss the remainder of the regular season. He's not on the field much outside of early, obvious running downs but is good at plugging rushing lanes at 6'6/350. Expect Branch back in the playoffs.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 01:31:00 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) is out for Week 15 against the Steelers.

Branch has played limited snaps this year but is arguably the Patriots' best run-stopper. This is good news for Le'Veon Bell.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:14:00 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch did not travel with the team to Tampa Bay.

Branch was not listed on the injury report, so he will be a healthy scratch. Coming off a great 2016, Branch's play has fallen off this year, and he has seen limited snaps the last three games. He signed a two-year, $8.45-million contract in March.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Patriots re-signed DT Alan Branch to a two-year, $8.45-million contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $12 million and contains an option year in 2018. It's a raise for Branch after he earned just $2.75 million in 2016. Branch proved worthy after anchoring a dominant Patriots run defense last season. Branch is now signed through his age-34 season.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Free agent Alan Branch could be open to a team-friendly deal with the Patriots.

"If it’s smart to stay on the team that I’ve been productive on and the money is not too much different, then who knows," Branch said. Branch set a career high in tackles (49) last year and was a top-10 run stopper at PFF. Re-signing with New England could be his best option entering his age-32 season. The Patriots have 23-year-olds Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine behind Branch.
Source: NESN
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 07:16:00 PM

The Oakland Press considers the Lions a landing spot for free agent Alan Branch.

Branch doesn’t have ties to Detroit, but did go to college at Michigan. He would be an upgrade next to Haloti Ngata on a defense that struggled to stop the run. Branch shouldn't have a huge market despite anchoring the Patriots’ line the last two seasons. He's 32 years old and made just $2.75M in 2016.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 08:06:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe) "should be good to go" for the Super Bowl.

Branch was limited on Wednesday after a teammate stepped on his toe, but there was never any chance he sat out the biggest game of the year. A premier run stuffer this season, Branch will play an important role against the Falcons' dynamic rushing attack.
Thu, Feb 2, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Patriots DT Alan Branch was added to the Super Bowl injury report with a toe injury.

He was "limited" Wednesday. Branch says he got his toe stepped on in practice, not uncommon for nose tackles who grind on the interior. "I’m feeling good," Branch insisted. "Kind of thing we have to deal with up front." Branch is the Pats' best run stopper. It sounds like he'll be good to go Sunday.
Wed, Feb 1, 2017 08:06:00 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch said he is not considering retirement.

Nor should he coming off one of the best seasons of his career. The big interior lineman posted 49 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three passes defended while playing 60 percent of the defensive snaps, easily Branch's highest percentage since joining the Patriots. Despite turning 32 in December, the impending free agent should be in for a nice payday.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 10:45:00 AM

ESPN's Field Yates reports Patriots DT Alan Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Branch always appeared confident he would win the appeal, but it is still shocking to see him not only cleared but cleared this quickly. The Patriots will not complain, however. A solid run stuffer, New England's already struggling defense could not have afforded to be without Branch.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:19:00 AM

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