Buffalo Bills, Alan Branch agree to one-year, $3 million deal

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Branch becomes a candidate for a lot of playing time in Mike Pettine's hybrid defense.

Just like that, the Buffalo Bills have a new defensive tackle. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Bills have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Alan Branch, and that the defensive tackle can earn another $350,000 in incentives this season.

Branch, 28, immediately becomes a contender to receive a lot of playing time as the Bills transition to a hybrid defense incorporating both even and odd fronts under the direction of new coordinator Mike Pettine. The 6'6", 325-pound Branch revived his career in 2011 and 2012 with the Seattle Seahawks, and has both the size to play in two-gap 3-4 looks and the quicks to plug gaps in under and over fronts. (We'll have much more on Branch's scheme fit later this afternoon.)

The Bills have now added three free agents from other teams this off-season: quarterback Kevin Kolb will reportedly sign a two-year deal, but that has not yet been confirmed by the team; strong-side linebacker Manny Lawson was signed to a four-year deal in mid-March; and Branch was added today.

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