According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Seattle Seahawks free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch has fired his agent, CAA.
Per the report, CAA waived its five-day waiting period, allowing Branch’s new agent Blake Baratz to immediately begin negotiating with NFL teams.
Branch, 28, did not miss a game last season for the Seahawks, finishing with 29 tackles and a sack during the regular season. The University of Michigan product was considered one of the more productive defensive tackles available entering free agency. However, a soft market appears to have resulted in a decrease in the 28-year-old’s value. Florio expects the Jaguars, where former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley begins his first year as Jacksonville’s head coach, to show interest in Branch.
The Seahawks still could use a run-stuffing defensive tackle, but for now Michael Bennett is projected to fill that role for Seattle.
“You have to analyze your draft board, see where you’re at, see which players you think will be available and how much emphasis you need to put on different positions in free agency,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider said, when asked about the possibility of Branch returning to Seattle. “Regarding Alan specifically, he did a great job here. We’ve been in contact with his people. Our coaching staff has been talking to him and we’ll see where that negotiation goes.”