Dolphins DE Andre Branch says big contract adds no pressure to his season

Andre Branch has just three sacks this year. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Andre Branch had a resurgence for the Dolphins last year, and they rewarded him with a big contract this spring. After being brought in as a backup, he took over the starting job and closed the season with 5.5 sacks (his most since 2013) and a career-high 49 tackles.

To Miami, that was worth a three-year, $24 million extension in free agency. Branch said that windfall does not put additional pressure on him this season.

“Nah, man, no, no,” he said after practice today. “If you think like that then you’ve already failed. For us, our most important thing is the Patriots and just keep going from there.”

Heading into Sunday’s game at New England, the Dolphins are fifth from the bottom in sacks at 17. That averages out to one every 23.4 dropbacks, which has contributed to them allowing the second-highest opponent passer rating in the NFL. Last week, Cameron Wake said the defensive line has absolutely underachieved this year.

That’s hard for Miami to swallow considering it has the second-most expensive d-line in the NFL at $41.2 million.

Wake leads the team with six sacks, followed by Ndamukong Suh with 3.5 and Branch with three. He has 16 tackles in nine games.

“We’re 4-6, so I don’t think anyone’s happy with their season,” Branch said. “But from here on out, we’ve gotta play our tails off if we want to keep playing past the regular season.”

Branch suffered a groin injury against the Jets in October and missed one game. He declined to say whether it’s still affecting him.

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