Rotowire: Oct 29 / 1:08p ET
News: Branch signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: 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.
StatsLLC: Oct 29 / 12:00a ET
News: The New England Patriots have signed Branch and released linebacker Deontae Skinner.
Impact: Branch was cut by Buffalo on Aug. 24, one day after being arrested on a drunken-driving charge. He spent the previous four seasons with Arizona after being drafted in the second round in 2007, then played two years for Seattle. He started 47 of his 94 games and had eight sacks. With Buffalo last year he had 39 tackles in 16 games.