Branch, a second-round pick in 2012, spent the first four years of his career in Jacksonville, where he amassed 14 sacks in 51 appearances (13 starts). He logged a career-best 10 starts in 13 appearances last season, totaling 24 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Overall, Branch graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 76th-best edge defender (110 qualifiers).
The 26-year-old Branch will now head to a Miami team that has undergone notable changes at defensive end in recent weeks. Olivier Vernon left to sign a mega-deal with the Giants, while Derrick Shelby departed for the Falcons. Ex-Bill Mario Williams signed with the Dolphins to help replace the departed pair, and Branch will join him and Cameron Wake as the club’s primary edge rushers next season.
Prior to agreeing to a deal with the Dolphins, Branch drew interest from Washington.
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