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Patriots sign Alan Branch to new two-year deal

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Alan Branch is on a little bit of a hot streak.

According to Mike Giardi of, the Patriots are finalizing a two-year contract with the veteran defensive lineman. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says that’s it’s worth “up to” $12 million, at a time when all the numbers are inflated by the people who provide them.

Branch has been steady for the Patriots, and late last season, avoided a four-game suspension for a violation of the substance abuse policy after a successful appeal.

At 32, he’s still a very good run defender, and he has played consistently for the Patriots.

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25 Responses to “Patriots sign Alan Branch to new two-year deal”
  1. thecape15 says: Mar 9, 2017 1:39 PM

    One down, two to go.

    (Butler and Hightower)

  2. mistrezzrachael says: Mar 9, 2017 1:41 PM

    Really good player…rock solid

  3. nhpats says: Mar 9, 2017 1:42 PM

    …and the pieces are falling into place for another SB run…

  4. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 9, 2017 1:42 PM

    Very good move, i’m quite happy!

  5. maust1013 says: Mar 9, 2017 1:43 PM

    Good to hear, Branch was one of the lesser talked about FA’s on the roster but a key piece of that line. Feared he might get bowled over by someone based on the Marty B philosophy of winners getting paid, keeping him for reasonable money is great.

  6. 6ball says: Mar 9, 2017 1:44 PM

    Branch is very underrated. Not only does he do his job, but he’s a mentor to DT Malcolm Brown and a steadying force for the entire front seven.

  7. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 9, 2017 1:49 PM

    This guy Ian so underrated. Ever since 2014 he has had a big impact on the Patriots defensive line. It’s why letting Wilfork go wasn’t an issue this time around, unlike when Belichick franchised Wilfork years ago.

  8. terripet says: Mar 9, 2017 1:49 PM

    Hightower is gone

  9. patsfan1820 says: Mar 9, 2017 1:52 PM

    Good now just have to wait and see with what happens to Dont’a Hightower and Malcolm Butler.

  10. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 9, 2017 2:00 PM

    Avoided suspension? He must have cooperated unlike Brady.

  11. streetyson says: Mar 9, 2017 2:01 PM

    Minifork! Well, maybe that won’t catch on, but his play does kind of remind me of ol’ Vince at times.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:02 PM

    Excellent. I was afraid he would sneak out the door. Glad the Pats got him back in the fold.

    And its a good value contract, not overpaid, not underpaid, and the player knows what he’s getting in the 2 years it’s for.

  13. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 9, 2017 2:03 PM

    What’s this? Another OUTSTANDING move for the 5 time World Champions? 🙂 I dare say it is! WOW!

    Everything falling into place baby. Start filling up that other hand with hardware!


  14. Patskrieg says: Mar 9, 2017 2:08 PM

    We love AB.


  15. pastabelly says: Mar 9, 2017 2:08 PM

    Branch, Ninkovich, and Flowers really provide a nice solid line. Flowers has potential to be great. They need to sign an edge rusher to replace Sheard/Long (and of course, sign Hightower).

  16. logast says: Mar 9, 2017 2:13 PM

    Branch quietly had a pretty good season last year. Good on New England to bring him back.

  17. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:16 PM

    Huge win. Butler, Hightower and Harmon. Get 2 of those 3 and I’m good.

  18. tigerlilac says: Mar 9, 2017 2:20 PM

    Another player that the Bills let get away that flourished with the Patriots. Over the years the Bills have had talent but their QB talent and coaching have been inferior, the reverse of what it takes to be successful in the NFL.

    Bill knows value, how to coach it, and when and how to play it.

  19. brwmstr says: Mar 9, 2017 2:31 PM

    and the blitz for six rolls on!!

  20. buckyfan1965 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:36 PM

    Great signing. Next:

    1. Re-sign Donta
    2. Trade Butler for Cooks
    3. Trade Jimmy G to Browns for 12th pick.
    4. Win Super Bowl

  21. beachsidejames says: Mar 9, 2017 2:39 PM

    Couldn’t find anybody older?

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:41 PM

    “Hightower is gone”

    Lol he’s already communicated to the homer press that he’s likely going to re-sign with the Pats.

    Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong?

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:41 PM

    “Huge win. Butler, Hightower and Harmon. Get 2 of those 3 and I’m good.”

    Comcast is saying that Harmon is going to re-sign with the Pats. There’s one.

  24. rsmith5588 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:12 PM

    very, very underrated… The guy is ROCK SOLID..
    worth every penny they paid….

  25. straighcashhomey says: Mar 9, 2017 3:23 PM

    Hightower is gone-awesome. means he is resigning cause the opposite of terripet is always true

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