Bills sign DT Alan Branch to contract extension

Defensive tackle Alan Branch saw enough potential in the Buffalo

Bills’ rebuilding process to sign a three-year contract extension

on Monday.

”I feel like I was part of the building process somewhat in

Seattle, and I see a lot of similar things,” Branch said shortly

after his new deal was announced. ”I feel like the sky’s the

limit.”

Branch is a seventh-year player, who spent the previous two

seasons in Seattle before signing a one-year deal with Buffalo in

free agency in April. He has already matched a career-best 35

tackles while playing in 15 games, including 12 starts.

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Branch is part of a

big-bodied and attacking defense that has a league-leading and

franchise-best 56 sacks. Branch expressed a desire to stay with the

Bills a few weeks ago, and was pleased to get a deal completed

before the end of the season.

The Bills (6-9) close at New England (11-4) on Sunday.

He has enjoyed living in Buffalo, and is particularly

comfortable after finding a niche in a defense installed by new

coordinator Mike Pettine.

”I like the scheme and I like the players here. And I wanted to

stay here,” Branch said. ”So when my agent and the team got

everything settled, that was an easy decision for me.”

Branch spent his first four seasons in Arizona after being

selected by the Cardinals with the 33rd pick in the 2007 draft.

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