Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills have made another move in free agency to help their ailing defense. On Tuesday, the team announced they have signed defensive tackle Alan Branch to a contract.
Branch, 28, will join a defensive front that includes Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Mark Anderson. The six-year pro is certainly happy about those prospects.
"It intrigued me a lot just because they're such good players," Branch said Tuesday. "Bringing me in to that aspect with my aggressive style -- and it's similar to theirs as well -- I think we all just will mesh together really well."
In addition to playing with those players, he believes he's also a perfect fit for the defense due to his versatility.
"The opportunity to play with this defense and the scheme that they're planning on putting in there is pretty exciting as well," Branch said. "Honestly, I fit every single spot on the defensive front. I have experience playing every single spot that they have on this time for the defensive front. I've played the end, nose, and the three-technique so, wherever they want me to be, basically I'll be there."
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's a one-year deal worth $3 million that puts Branch firmly in the defensive line rotation for Buffalo. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound defensive tackle has spent the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Before that, he spent four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after having been a second-round draft pick in 2007.
In his two different stops through his career, it's been a stark difference in his role with the two teams. In Arizona, Branch started only three games in four seasons and never really lived up to his high billing from the draft. In Seattle however, Branch started all 31 games he appeared in, racking up 63 tackles and four sacks.
This is the third free agent coming from a different team that the Bills have signed since the new league year started on March 12.