The New England Patriots have re-signed defensive lineman Alan Branch, his agent, Blake Baratz, announced Saturday night.
The 30-year-old’s new deal spans the next two seasons and is worth up to $6.6 million, according to Pro Football Talk.
Branch originally joined the Patriots as a free agent in October, when he was able to provide depth alongside Vince Wilfork to record 13 tackles and one pass deflection over the final eight games of the regular season.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound defensive tackle saw his role expand during the Patriots’ postseason run, as he went on to post seven tackles and three quarterback hurries over 71 snaps, as cited by Pro Football Focus.
The veteran offered scheme versatility and run-stuffing ability to the rotation, lining up from the nose to the five-technique defensive end spot on the way to the Super Bowl. And in light of Wilfork’s free-agent future and Sealver Siliga’s offseason surgery, that experience is worthwhile insurance up front.
Branch returns to the Patriots with 102 career games, 183 tackles, eight sacks, nine deflections and two forced fumbles on his NFL resume. The Michigan Wolverine first entered the league as an Arizona Cardinals second-round pick in 2007, where he spent four seasons before becoming a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, then the Buffalo Bills in 2013.