Bills make it official: Alan Branch released
Going into the final week of the preseason, defensive tackle Alan Branch had close to zero room for error in order to make the final roster of the Buffalo Bills. Branch blew right through all his warnings and following his arrest on the weekend, and now the Bills have elected to release the defensive tackle from his contract.
Branch was arrested for drunk driving the night and morning before the team took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their fourth preseason game. Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced after the game that the defensive tackle was excused from being at the stadium due to an unspecified arrest.
The Bills released Branch, absolving them of most of the three-year extension they signed him to last December. It wasa three-year contract that totaled $9.3 million if it was played out in full. The $3.1 million signing bonus they paid him in December is his to keep, but there isn't many more ramifications past that.
They'll be on the hook for $775,000 against the cap, which is his prorated bonus. The remaining money owed in a cap hit would be a total of $1.55 million, which are the remaining two years of prorated bonuses. That can either be lumped all together in 2015 if the Bills choose to.
It was the last straw for Branch, who was a no-show, no-call non-participant at voluntary Organized Team Activities. He also showed up to training camp out of shape, failing his conditioning test and then fell behind on the depth chart to three younger players. Branch, 29, spent just one full season with the Bills.
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