BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.
Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.
Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.
This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.
I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.
When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.
In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.