The New England Patriots will have at least one big body to plug the middle on defense.
Defensive tackle Alan Branch has re-signed with the Super Bowl champs, his agent, Blake Baratz, announced Saturday night. Branch’s contract is for two years with a max value of $6.6 million, according to ProFootballTalk.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound nose tackle will be a welcome sight in New England in 2015. He performed capably in a reserve role last season after signing with the club in late October, serving as a run-stuffing presence behind starting defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.
The 30-year-old Branch played in the Patriots’ last eight regular-season games after joining the team mid-season and missed just one regular-season contest in his previous five seasons.
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