Tempe, AZ – The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Michigan defensive tackle ALAN BRANCH, the team's second-round (33rd overall) selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Branch (6-5, 334) was instrumental in helping Michigan's run defense rank #1 in the nation last year by allowing only 43.4 rushing yards per game. He was an All-American Dream Team selection and All-Big Ten conference first team choice in 2006 as a junior while starting all 13 games and was a defensive force as he often commanded double teams from the opposing offensive line.
The Rio Rancho, NM native finished his three year collegiate career by starting in 23 of the 37 games that he appeared, collecting 61 tackles, nine sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one interception.
Branch becomes the fourth member of Arizona's 2007 draft class to be under contract. The team previously signed Florida State linebacker Buster Davis (third round, 69th overall), Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston (fifth round, 142nd overall) and Delaware tight end Ben Patrick (seventh round, 215th overall). First round selection tackle Levi Brown (5th overall) is the only rookie not yet to agree to contract terms.