The Miami Dolphins didn’t take too long to make a decision on an important piece of the pass rush by re-singing DE Andre Branch. Branch signed a three year $27 million contract with the Fins, which will make him an average of $9 million a season.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as the team locked in Cameron Wake already and decided to let go of Mario Williams. Branch had 5.5 sacks in 2016 after taking over the starting role the final 11 games of the season.
Branch began his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent four seasons. Now at 27, he will remain the starting DE opposite of Cameron Wake, who is also 27 years old, and Miami gave a new two year deal to earlier this off-season.
The move is solid for the Dolphins, but there are going to need more depth at the DE position, since they released Williams. Expect the Dolphins to take advantage of the deep pass rusher field in the 2017 NFL Draft to get that depth.