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Post by JMP on Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:31 pm

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/sfl-miami-dolphins-sign-defensive-end-andre-branch-20160316-story.html

6'5", 265, 26 years old

One-year deal. I guess this is Shelby's replacement for this season. Former 2nd round pick has pretty much been a bust for the Jags, with just 12 games started and 14 sacks in 4 seasons.

Decent enough depth signing, I suppose. DE is still a huge need in the draft.

BUT....

Apparently, the Phins have guaranteed Branch's $3 million salary - which seems really strange for a guy that isn't that good and who apparently couldn't find a job anywhere else. Doesn't really make sense to me, but then again, it is the Dolphins...

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by Birdmond on Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:52 am

Very good against the run and had 4 sacks in 13 games. Vernon had 7.5 in 16 games. Good signing for depth.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by white1 on Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:11 am

Fine with it. Cheap enough, I don't really care about the guaranteed money. Maybe trade-off was cheaper, but guaranteed.

It is good to have another body at DE. If you at least have guys that can play in the league, it frees you up to draft BPA because you have no true gaping holes in the roster. That's what I'm hoping for.

If a DE we really like falls to us at #13 and he is BPA, I have no doubt we would pull the trigger.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by JMP on Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:21 am

The guaranteed money could be an issue because Branch isn't a particularly impressive player, and if a rookie comes in and outplays him then we're on the hook for $3 million for a benchwarmer.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by CarsonChris on Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:48 pm

I like the move. Jaguars haven't exactly coached up the players. Could be a diamond in the rough.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by rightchea on Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:08 pm

I have to agree as well. I think with the new coaching staff he will be a good replacement for Vernon or Shelby

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by JMP on Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:19 pm

Well, I read today that the plan now is for Branch to be the starter with Wake coming off the bench. Guess that's why the Phins paid Branch $3 million guaranteed.

I don't have a problem with Wake being reduced to a pass rush specialist, but the idea of Branch as a starter does not fill me with confidence...at all. Looks like another downgrade to me.

And again...drafting at least one DE is a MUST. Branch is on a one-year deal, Wake won't be back in '17, and Williams is getting old.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by rightchea on Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:28 pm

Miami needs to draft a DB, OLB, DE, and OT/OG

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Post by DolFan 316 on Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:13 pm

rightchea wrote:Miami needs to draft a DB, OLB, DE, and OT/OG

What DON'T they need to draft at this point? Laughing

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by white1 on Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:38 am

I would not draft a center receiver or defensive tackle.

Every other position is fair game

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by JMP on Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:29 am

I would definitely draft a DT - that's a position where we really have very little depth and I don't trust Mitchell at all. 

We don't have a backup center so drafting one late isn't a bad idea -  especially if he can play guard too. 

And receiver...we have two definites in Landry and Parker, then a very inconsistent Stills - who is a FA in 2017 - and nothing after that.

EVERY position is fair game in this draft for the Phins...there are holes at literally every position.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by Birdmond on Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:02 pm

Yeah I'd love to draft Sheldon Rankins in round 1

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by rightchea on Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:14 am

Lets just hope that Miami doesn't break the bank trying to get Elliott in the 1st round.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by finskev on Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:26 pm

I saw an article where the GM for the Redskins saying he is going to try and trade down because he wants at least 12 picks in this Draft and right now they 8.

Would we want to follow that strategy or just screw it with what we have.

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Post by white1 on Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:49 pm

I saw an article where the GM for the Redskins saying he is going to try and trade down because he wants at least 12 picks in this Draft and right now they 8.

Would we want to follow that strategy or just screw it with what we have.

From what I have read in years past, MANY teams go into the draft with this exact same desire. In practice, they find most teams aren't locked in to a player they must have, so the desire to trade up league wide is very small. In other words, trade downs are easy to talk about, much harder to do...

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by Birdmond on Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:23 pm

finskev wrote:I saw an article where the GM for the Redskins saying he is going to try and trade down because he wants at least 12 picks in this Draft and right now they 8.

Would we want to follow that strategy or just screw it with what we have.

I've been saying all along I'd really like to trade down twice and pick around 25 with 3 second round picks. But I think most teams don't want to trade up.

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Re: Phins sign DE Andre Branch

Post by CarsonChris on Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:26 pm

There's 5-6 game changers in the first ten picks. Depending on your need the next ten picks are about equal.

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