Alan Branch fires CAA, hires Baratz


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.