Once a key cog in the middle of two Patriots Super Bowl-winning defenses, Alan Branch had a pretty rocky 2017-18 season.
He only played 12 regular season games due to a knee injury and didn't play at all in the playoffs despite being healthy. Many believe Branch could become a cap casualty despite having on year left on his contract. Earlier this week, he addressed his future with the team.
“I’m trying to milk it as much as I can,” said Branch, who was one of New England’s top defenders in 2016 but finished this season as a healthy scratch. “I’m trying to play some ball. I love playing football, and as long as they keep paying me money, I’m going to try to do it.”
Some may look at Branch's comments and think he's playing just to collect a paycheck, so this might not sit well. And it may certainly not sit well with Bill Belichick, who wants players who prioritize winning first and not money.
Branch was also asked about the Malcolm Butler situation and Lane Johnson's comments about the Patriots being a "fear-based" organization.
“I didn’t know anything, honestly,” he said. “On our team, gossip doesn’t travel, let’s just say that.”
“Different people have certain agendas when they play this game. The thing that the Patriots do well is finding guys that all are about competing and all about winning, and I think that’s shown over the years. So to each their own with their opinions and everything. Honestly, I feel like the proof is in the pudding, and winning is always the most fun thing to do. When you’re winning games, you’re usually having a good time.”