PITTSBURGH—Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch has never had a season like this. Not only was it one of his best year’s on the field, it was the closest he’s ever felt with the group in his locker room.
“It’s gonna be a season to remember for me,” he said after Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Steelers. “It’s probably the most fun season I’ve had in the NFL. I’ve got a lot of brothers now that I didn’t have last year. I’m gonna cherish this moment.
“The brotherhood and camaraderie we had. There’s something there that you don’t run across too much. It felt like family. That’s what (Adam) Gase has brought here. That’s his culture. I hadn’t experienced that before. This was the most fun season I had in the pros.”
Whether that will be enough to drive Branch, 27, toward staying in Miami is yet to be seen. He had 5.5 sacks and 27 tackles playing on a one-year, $2.8 million contract this year and certainly will command more when he hits free agency in March.
The Dolphins might have no trouble paying him considering it seems clear they’ll shed Mario Williams and his $6.5 million salary this offseason. If the money is right for Branch, he seems to prefer staying with Miami.
“Yeah, but you never know what the future holds,” he said. “I just want to enjoy my teammates right now and see where it goes. We’ll see what happens.”
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