Defensive tackle Alan Branch agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills that could be worth as much as $3.35 million.
Branch was a critical cog in the Seattle Seahawks' defense in 2012 and was considered a priority to bring back. Branch also visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he would've been reunited with first-year head coach Gus Bradley. Bradley was previously Seattle's defensive coordinator.
The Bills allowed 145.8 rushing yards per game last season, 31st in the NFL, but aren't without talent on the defensive line. Defensive tackles Kyle Williams, a Pro Bowl pick in 2011, and Marcell Dareus, the third overall pick in 2011, should benefit from having a third productive interior lineman in new coordinator Mike Pettine's hybrid defensive scheme.
Branch (6-6, 325) started 31 games in two seasons with the Seahawks and was the 33rd overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Branch has the size to be a nose tackle if the Bills, as expected, show more 3-4 looks under Pettine
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: April 2, 2013 02:26:22 PM
Bills sign DT Branch
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