That made it pretty much a no-brainer for Branch to re-sign with Miami this spring, even though there was interest from a lot of other teams.
“There were quite a few, but I’m very happy to be a Dolphin and I’m very happy to continue playing with my teammates and my brothers,” Branch said. “Since I got to Miami, it felt like a family-based organization and I haven’t felt that since college. The fit was just right. We’ve got some unfinished business here down in Miami and I want to be a part of that.”
Branch started the last 11 games of the regular season opposite
Branch finished second on the team behind Wake with 5.5 sacks.
“I’m just getting started,” Branch said. “I didn’t start until Week 7 (last year). So with me, I’m just going to go out there and give it my all and continue to grind and continue to be the best player that I can be to help this team win.
“I have a ton of goals. I actually set these goals last year and the list has changed now, but I’m not going to say those goals. I’ll let you know at the end of the season if I hit those goals. I think you’ll know if I hit them or not.”
Branch said the new contract won’t change his lifestyle, although it will allow him to do something special for someone special.
“I talked to my financial guy,” Branch said. “I was like, ‘So what different can I do?’ He was like, ‘Um, you really don’t spend money on anything but fashion and food.’ Other than that, I might just eat out a little bit more and buy another item per month, but other than that I’m living a good life already. The only way it’s going to impact is … This contract was for my mother. 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.”
With a bigger contract oftentimes comes higher expectations, but that notion doesn’t faze Branch in the least.
“At the end of the day, I play for my teammates and my coaches and fans,” he said. “For me, I’m going to go out there like I’ve done since I stepped in the league and give it my all. Nothing is going to change, that’s for sure. I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business to handle. I know what (Head) Coach (Adam) Gase wants out of me and I know what I’m going to give this team, and that’s going to be my best each and every day. Outside of that, I don’t really know what they say.”