The Dolphins signed Branch in free agency last year, picking him up on a one-year contract after the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him in the second-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, chose to allow him to leave on the open market. The team envisioned him as the starting defensive end rotating out when “pass-rush specialist” Cameron Wake came into the game. Instead, Wake proved to be a starter, but that did not push Branch out of the lineup. Miami coaches soon realized, Branch should be the starter opposite Wake, not in place of him. Branch took over the starting role that had previously belonged to another free agent addition, Mario Williams, with Branch appearing in all 16 games in 2016, with 11 starts, recording 49 tackles, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles, and 5.5 sacks.
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