Source: Patriots finalizing two-year deal with Alan Branch

Source: Patriots finalizing two-year deal with Alan Branch

Alan Branch has a good thing going in New England. He plays in a system that fits his style perfectly. He has solid relationships with the coaching staff and ownership. He was given a chance at a fresh start in 2014, and he's turned that into two Super Bowl titles and a career year in 2016.

That both the Patriots and Branch want to make sure the 6-foot-6, 350-pounder remains in town comes as no surprise, and it seems like they're on the verge of making sure that happens. 

According our Mike Giardi, Branch is close to finalizing a two-year deal to return to the Patriots.


Branch, 32, was considered by Bill Belichick to be the most consistent interior defensive lineman on the team this season. He played more snaps up front for the Patriots defense than any other player and was a force against opposing running games. 

Belichick admitted last season that a player with Branch's frame and athleticism can be hard to find so it makes sense that they would be aggressive in their effort to keep him. 

"Ted Washington had that kind of length and size," Belichick said. "Ted was 6-5, but Alan moves better than Ted . . . did at that point in his career. We're had some other longer guys like Richard [Seymour] or guys like that, but they weren't 350 pounds. 

"There's not too many of them. Gerard Warren was a big guy that ran well. Money was a very athletic player who wasn't quite as long as Branch but moving into that range."

According to NFL Media, Branch's deal is worth "up to $12 million."

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.