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Alan Branch fires CAA, hires Baratz

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Like many free agents, defensive tackle Alan Branch is looking for a new team.  Along the way, Branch has hired a new agent.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Branch has parted ways with CAA, and Branch has hired Blake Baratz.  CAA waived the five-day waiting period, which allows Baratz to instantly attempt to place Branch with a new team.

Agent changes could become more common as the free-agency market languishes.  As players get frustrated, they’ll look elsewhere for help.

Baratz scored some points when the Packers opted not to cut tight end Jermichael Finley, paying a $3 million roster bonus that will be followed by a $4.45 million base salary.  Baratz negotiated the two-year deal in 2012 at a time when the Packers and Bararz disagreed regarding the question of whether Finley was a tight end or a receiver for franchise tag purposes.

Branch, a six-year veteran who started 18 games last season with the Seahawks, entered the league in 2007 as a second-round pick of the Cardinals.  He’s ranked at No. 34 on the PFT Hot 100.

Don’t be surprised if Branch signs with the Jaguars, where former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is the new head coach.

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6 Responses to “Alan Branch fires CAA, hires Baratz”
  1. jprcox says: Mar 27, 2013 8:05 PM

    He is a role player – and I am sure he wants to be paid like he’s the next Cortez Kennedy.

    Have fun in Jacksonville.

  2. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2013 8:22 PM

    That has been my feeling, that Branch could go to the Jags. I’d like it (and so would Pete), if Branch stayed put. But, a guy’s gotta do, what……

  3. duncanthecat says: Mar 27, 2013 8:24 PM

    The reason he continues to draw no interest is because game film shows he can not hold his own with the big boys.

    Acts tough before and after the whistle and disappears when the ball is in play.

    He will be out of the league in two years.

  4. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2013 8:25 PM

    If Branch thinks this through, he may see getting a little more money in Jax, as not being nearly as desirable as having a better shot at going to a SB, with the Hawks.

  5. footballfather says: Mar 27, 2013 8:56 PM

    As a Lions fan, I think Branch should to go to Detroit where he can replace Sammie Hill. And I think I can speak for most other Lions’ fan when I say that would be SWEET!

  6. rajbais says: Mar 27, 2013 9:37 PM

    And CAA is actually good.

    Then again Drew Rosenhaus lost clients in double digits one year ago.

    It could have been worse.

    Branch is better off going with Joel Segal.

    Segal got Mike Vick, Santonio Holmes, and Nnamdi Asomugha guaranteed post-employment pay.

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