Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dolphins sign DE Andre Branch to 1 year deal

The Dolphins made a move to land a 3rd dependable DE today when they signed 26 year old Andre Branch. Branch was drafted in 2012 by Jacksonville and has been a bit of a disappointment in his 4 years in the league. He has been often injured and didn't ever produce at the level he was expected too being a high second round pick. In his 4 years in the NFL Branch has 14 total sacks. Branch signed with Miami for 1 year $3 million fully guaranteed.

With Cam Wake coming off a major injury and most likely starting the year on PUP (missing the first 6 games) Branch will be asked to step in and play a significant role for the Dolphins. Being he signed a 1 year deal Branch will also be playing for his NFL future as a good season will most likely land him a multi-year deal on the open market next year as a free agent. And a sub-part season might be his ticket out of the NFL. For the Dolphins it's a low-risk move being its only a 1 year deal. I would have much rather seen the Fins sign Jason Jones out of Detroit as he is a better player overall but the signing of Branch is fine. I still think if the right DE falls in Rd 1 Miami may draft a pass rusher in the first round and if another free agent DE is available at the right price the Dolphins may look to add another as Branch isn't someone you are building around and is just a role player at best. Branch is a nice replacement for Derrick Shelby and nothing more than that.

2 comments:

  1. What about Dion Jordan? I think he deserves one year to prove himself, maybe he plays with a chip on his shoulder (see Reshad Jones also suspended).

    Also Koa Misi is very good DE vs the run (actually better DE than LB)

    With that being said, CB is bigger priority to draft in 1st round IMO.

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