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Alan Branch rumors: Jaguars could be landing spot for free agent DT, according to report

Branch started in 31 games for the Seahawks over the past two seasons in Gus Bradley's system.


After parting ways with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), former-Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch hired agent Blake Baratz and could come off the free agency market soon with the Jaguars as the most logical landing spot, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

While not entirely unexpected, the Jaguars were very quiet in the first couple weeks of free agency, signing just a few young players to small contracts, and allowing players like cornerback Derek Cox and Terrance Knighton to leave. A move like signing Branch would off-set that, though, as he would likely demand a bigger contract than Knighton's two-year, $4.5 million deal with Denver.

Ultimately, it sounds as though Florio's logic for such a move is the connection that Branch has with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, his former-defensive coordinator. A connection that Alfie Crow also made when he listed potential free agent targets for the Jaguars earlier in March.

Branch, 28, was a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2007 NFL Draft, but started in just three games for the team before leaving after four seasons. In 2011 and 2012, Branch made 31 starts for the Seahawks, primarily as a 1-tech, nose tackle for the team.