March 16, 2016

MIAMI (AP) Free agent defensive end Andre Branch has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins, giving them a veteran backup to Cameron Wake and newcomer Mario Williams.

Branch started nine games last year for Jacksonville and had four sacks. He's a four-year veteran with 14 career sacks, all with the Jaguars.

Williams signed a $17 million, two-year deal with Miami last week, and Wake is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon. Both are four-time Pro Bowl ends.

Miami's pass rush needs an upgrade under new coach Adam Gase. Last year, the Dolphins tied for 25th in the NFL with 31 sacks.

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