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Alan Branch | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 325
College: Michigan
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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

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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

ESPN Boston projects free agent DLs Alan Branch, Sammie Lee Hill, and Matt Shaughnessy to be the Patriots' top targets at the position.

Branch, a behemoth at 6-foot-6 and 331 pounds, would be a nice fit next to the short and stout, pile-moving Vince Wilfork on the Patriots' interior line. Branch excels as a run-stuffer, and he could draw plenty of interest on the open market after turning his career around in Seattle. Shaughnessy has the versatility up front that coach Bill Belichick likes. Hill is a pass-rushing wide body.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Impending free agent DT Alan Branch expressed a strong desire to re-sign with the Seahawks.

"Hopefully they want me here and the whole money situation gets settled," Branch said. "If not, there won't be a better group of guys than this, for sure. But we'll see." A disappointment in Arizona, the 28-year-old has rejuvenated his career with the Seahawks the past two years.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 06:41:00 PM

Seahawks declared DT Alan Branch (ankle) inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Branch will be replaced by Clinton McDonald, downgrading the Seahawks' run defense a tiny peg. Both Sidney Rice (knee) and Ben Obomanu (knee) are active, as expected. The other Seahawks' inactives: QB Josh Portis, WR Deon Butler, T Jarriel King, G/T Allen Barbre, CB Byron Maxwell and CB Ron Parker.
Sun, Nov 27, 2011 02:40:00 PM

Seahawks agreed to terms with DL Alan Branch on a two-year, $8 million contract with $4 million guaranteed.

The Cardinals wanted to re-sign Branch, but they were never going to pay him this kind of money. He may be a better fit in Seattle's scheme anyway. The Seahawks, under Pete Carroll, have placed an emphasis on size in the front four. Branch has that in spades at 6-foot-6, 340 with the ability to play both five-technique tackle and nose. He'll push Red Bryant to start at left end.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 01:05:00 AM

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said DE Alan Branch played well enough in Week 4 to earn more snaps in Week 5 against the Saints.

In an effort to improve their 30th-ranked rush defense, the Cards have been tinkering with a defense that features four down linemen, a deviation from their typical 3-4 scheme. Darnell Dockett's role as starter has not been affected with the occasional switch, but Branch should see an uptick in production.
Sat, Oct 9, 2010 03:43:00 PM

Cardinals DL Alan Branch has been moved from nose tackle to defensive end.

Although the Cardinals are thin at nose tackle, Branch was giving them nothing at that spot. Branch, a second-round pick in 2007, has battled weight problems and busted badly. He'll need to play lighter to fit as a 3-4 end.
Mon, Apr 19, 2010 09:32:00 AM

Cardinals NT Alan Branch made the weight coaches prescribed for him on the first day of training camp.

He's at 332, his lowest since being drafted 33rd overall in 2007. Branch has been a bust to this point, though, and remains buried on the depth chart.
Thu, Jul 30, 2009 01:07:00 AM

Cardinals coaches are concerned that NT Alan Branch is overweight and out of shape for the second straight offseason.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt has used a flickering light bulb analogy to describe the reserve tackle's progress in the past. "It's still a little bit like that, but I'm hopeful," Whisenhunt said. "I hope he understands the sense of urgency when we get to training camp."
Mon, Jun 8, 2009 11:34:00 AM

Cardinals NT Alan Branch did not report for the first day of the team's offseason program Monday.

Branch may have been excused, but it's a problem if he wasn't. The 2007 second-round pick battled weight problems throughout last season after having "sporadic" offseason participation. Branch is currently a third-stringer.
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 05:42:00 PM

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