Miami Dolphins DE Andre Branch: ‘This contract was for my mother’

Andre Branch of the Miami Dolphins got paid. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch signed a contract reportedly worth up to three years and $27 million.

As Branch pondered on Friday how this may change his life, he thought of family. After all, he he’s not a guy who spends a lot of money.

“This contract was for my mother,” Branch said. “So I’m able to take care of her and give her what she wants. She’ll tell you she doesn’t want anything but I guess I can spoil her now.”

Branch said he wanted to stay in Miami because he’s experienced a family atmosphere that reminds him of his time at Clemson.

“We’ve got some unfinished business down here in Miami and I want to be a part of that,” Branch said.

Branch said “there were quite a few” other teams interested in his services. How good can he be? What’s the ceiling?

“I’m just getting started, man,” he said. “I didn’t start until week 7. I’m going to continue to grind and continue to try to be the best player.”

What about added pressure or expectations due to the contract?

“At the end of the day I play for my teammates and my coaches and my fans,” Branch said. “So I’m going to give it my all. Nothing is going to change. I know what coach Gase wants out of me and I know I’m going to give each day, which is my best.”

Branch has set some specific goals, regarding for example, sack totals, but he’s not ready to share them yet.

“I’m not going to say those goals but I’ll let you know at the end of the season if I hit them,” Branch said.

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