Alan Branch DL NE 3 months ago

The Patriots picked up Branch's $400,000 roster bonus, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Patriots' decision to pick up the bonus ensures that Branch will be back with the team next season, and he'll likely still have a key role in the defensive line rotation. He only has 218 tackles and nine sacks in 118 career games, but his massive frame has proven useful against the run.

Alan Branch DL NE 1 year ago

Branch signed a two-year deal with the Patriots on Saturday worth $6.6 million, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Branch joined the Patriots midseason last year and took the field for eight games where he registered 13 total tackles. The 30-year-old played a reserve role last season and he'll likely do the same for the 2015 campaign despite the potential departure of Vince Wilfork.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

Branch signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, reports.

The move was expected, but not finalized until Wednesday, with linebacker Deontae Skinner released in a corresponding move. The addition of Branch bolsters the interior of the Patriots' defensive line, which also features the likes of Vince Wilfork, Casey Walker and Chris Jones.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

Branch will sign with the Patriots, the Boston Globe reports.

With Chandler Jones expected to miss about a month with a hip injury, the Patriots will welcome Branch aboard to provide depth along the defensive line. Released by the Bill in August following a DUI arrest, Branch has totaled 170 tackles (112 solo) and eight sacks in 94 career games, but he's recorded just one sack since 2011.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

Branch was released by the Bills on Sunday.

This comes as no surprise after Branch was charged for drunken driving in the wee hours of the morning the night before a game, one where he was supposed to be using to fight for a roster spot. After Branch skipped voluntary work this offseason and then showed up to camp out of shape, this reaction by the team was pretty much a no-brainer.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

Branch was benched for Saturday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay after getting arrested for drunken driving early Saturday morning, the Associated Press reports. Police say Branch failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14 percent.

Branch has had a lackluster summer and was running the risk of getting cut before this incident. With several other younger interior linemen stepping up for the Bills lately and coach Doug Marrone's patience starting to wear thin in a week featuring fights in practice and an ugly loss to the Buccaneers, there's a chance Branch may not last past the coming week.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

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.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

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.

Alan Branch DL NE 2 years ago

Bills signed DT Alan Branch to a multi-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.

Alan Branch DL NE 3 years ago

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.