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
”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
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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