DT Alan Branch signs with Bills

Defensive tackle Alan Branch, one of the few Seahawks starters from last season who was a free agent, has signed with the Buffalo Bills, the team announced.

That the Seahawks did not re-sign Branch is hardly a surprise. It wasn’t that he didn’t play well in his two years as a starter on Seattle’s D-line, but when free agency went on and Seattle continued to add linemen while not signing Branch, it became evident that they weren’t willing to pay what the veteran tackle was going to command. Instead Seattle has added ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and while the signing has not yet been announced, the Seahawks have also reportedly reached a deal with former Dolphins tackle Tony McDaniel.

McDaniel could end up starting in Branch’s place, or Seattle could hope a young player such as Jaye Howard takes a step forward, and of course the Seahawks could also look to find a starter in the draft.

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