–The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that the team has signed unrestricted free agent DT Alan Branch. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Branch spent the previous two years with the Seattle Seahawks after entering the NFL as a second-round (33rd overall) draft selection of Arizona in 2007. The 6-6, 325-pound Michigan product has started 34-of-78 career games and recorded 138 tackles (92 solo) and 8.0 sacks.
–Bills fans have a chance to win a Bills mini-helmet autographed by DT Alan Branch today. Click here to enter the contest by midnight.>>>
–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with S Malcolm Bronson, McNeese State; QB E.J Manuel, Florida State; and S Cooper Taylor, University of Richmond yesterday at One Bills Drive.
–The Bills and M&T Bank announced they are partnering for the seventh annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge —a contest where fans predict the Bills first selection of the NFL Draft. Fans who correctly guess the Bills first NFL Draft pick will be entered to win a prize package. Five winners, selected at random will receive: an exclusive “meet and greet” with the top draft pick, a private tour of the Buffalo Bills facilities and an autographed NFL Draft helmet. Fans can visit www.buffalobills.com/draftdaychallenge or www.facebook.com/mybillscard through April 25th at 5 p.m. EDT to make their prediction.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
DE Mario Williams
Q: What is your first impression of HC Doug Marrone?
A: “My first impression is expectation. I think he is definitely an advocate of changing the tempo and the whole demeanor of how things have been here the last however many years. Just trying to get us upbeat and focused on expecting to do better. More accountability.”
DT Alan Branch
Q: What were the factors that convinced you to sign with Buffalo?
A: “The thing that got me is they say it is a lot like Michigan. It kind of is, kind of similar to Ann Arbor, more like kind of a college town. Buffalo, they love their football here. It is going to be crazy and wild in the stands. Just the opportunity to play with this defense and the scheme that they are planning on putting in is pretty exciting as well.”
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Bills players returned to One Bills Drive yesterday to begin their voluntary offseason conditioning program.
Buffalo News-Bills add big-body Branch
Buffalo News-Team puts banner years on display
Rochester D&C-Doug Marrone era begins for Buffalo Bills
Associated Press-DE Williams upbeat arriving for Bills workouts
Associated Press-Bills sign free-agent DL Branch to 1-year deal
Associated Press-Bills re-sign RB Choice; TE Dickerson signs tender
BuffaloBills.com-Energy level high as players return to One Bills Drive
BuffaloBills.com-DT Alan Branch signs with Buffalo
BuffaloBills.com-E.J. Manuel among pre-draft visitors with Bills
BuffaloBills.com-Alan Branch: ”Buffalo, they love their football here”
BuffaloBills.com-Mario Williams on new D: ”I am up for anything”
BuffaloBills.com-Doug Marrone: ”I hope the players are as excited as I am”
2013 Draft Preview: WR Keenan Allen
Bills Roundup: Players Return, Branch Signs
Mario Williams Press Conference
Bills Focus: Alan Branch 1-on-1 Interview
C.J. Spiller Press Conference
Doug Marrone Press Conference
Tarvaris Jackson Press Conference
The John Murphy Show April 2
Inside The Bills
What attending QB workouts gave Marrone, NT Branch offers versatility for Bills front, Branch an interesting DT option
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Video: Bills’ signing of Branch adds depth
Bills DT Alan Branch hopes to help Mario ‘get some food on his plate’
Doug Marrone: Private workouts take teams below the surface
Doug Marrone delivers new messages in field house
Seattle DL Alan Branch visits Bills
New Bills regime inspires with a ‘Super’ goal
2013 NFL free agents: Spencer Larsen visits Buffalo Bills
Alan Branch brings versatility to Buffalo Bills hybrid defense
2013 NFL Draft: E.J. Manuel highlights three Buffalo Bills pre-draft visits
Buffalo Bills, Alan Branch agree to one-year, $3 million deal
2013 NFL free agents: Buffalo Bills hosting an Alan Branch visit
Greg Cosell on Kevin Kolb: Buffalo Bills have a “professional quarterback”
Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills