The Buffalo Bills have decided to part ways with defensive tackle Alan Branch just one day after his DUI arrest.
The #Bills have released DT Alan Branch.
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) August 24, 2014
It was more than just the DUI arrest that really signaled the end of his time with the Bills organization. The arrest was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Branch was a no call/no show to the team’s OTAs. When he did show up for training camp, he failed the team’s conditioning test. When Branch was arrested for DUI, the writing seemed as though it was on the wall for his time with the Bills. Coach Doug Marrone commented on Branch’s arrest after the game.
“I found out somewhere around noon-time, mid-day [Saturday],” Marrone said, per ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak. “I just had so much on my mind. I tried calling him, couldn’t get a hold of him, so I got a hold of him some other way — through other people — and just said, ‘Hey, I’m meeting with you tomorrow.’ But that’s all I know for a fact.”
The Bills will lose $3.1 million in signing bonus given to Branch. However, they stand to gain $1.9 million in cap space for this season. Reports are that Branch was already on the Bills cut list to begin with. The arrest was just what sealed the deal.
[h/t Bleacher Report]