The defensive tackle has agreed to stay in New England, according to his agent Blake Baratz. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday that Branch's contract is a two-year deal worth a maximum of $6.6 million.
Branch signed with the Patriots midway through the 2014 season, bringing much-needed help to a front-seven that was ravaged by injuries early in the year. The nose tackle appeared in eight games (two starts), tallying 13 tackles. More importantly, Branch helped plug holes for a defensive line that saw a notable improvement in performance as the season progressed.