Skip to content

Tyvon Branch to get the franchise tag

Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Getty Images

New Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie is currently in slash-and-burn mode. But there are some Raiders that he wants to keep.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that safety Tyvon Branch has been informed he will receive the franchise tag. DeSean Jackson was the first player this year to officially get the tag on Thursday.

We’d argue that Branch is the best player in the Raiders secondary. The franchise number for safeties is relatively reasonable (under $7 million), so the move makes sense. This eliminates any consideration of Michael Bush for the tag.

It raises some question about whether the Raiders will retain safety Michael Huff, who is due to make $8 million in 2012. $4 million is guaranteed for Huff, so we’d guess that the team will keep Huff.  (We also would have guessed the team would keep Kamerion Wimbley. And that’s not looking too likely.)

Branch is a ferocious hitter than can cover a lot of ground. Raiders fans don’t seem overly impressed with McKenzie’s moves so far, but we suspect they will like this one.  They should.

Permalink 41 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Oakland Raiders, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
41 Responses to “Tyvon Branch to get the franchise tag”
  1. rickyrich14 says: Mar 1, 2012 5:02 PM

    (Insert Beavis voice) He’s ours!! Ours!!

  2. drumnw says: Mar 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    Who?

  3. blackholebeaner says: Mar 1, 2012 5:10 PM

    Branch deserves this! He came to play!

  4. mmskin says: Mar 1, 2012 5:14 PM

    uconn husky football pride

  5. piratesofthecoliseum says: Mar 1, 2012 5:14 PM

    Branch is a great safety to build the secondary around, huff needs to take a pay cut or get cut cuz he’s not worth what he’s getting paid!! And if wimbley won’t take a pay cut then can his ass too!! Besides the SD game, he had 3 sacks the whole season!!! For 11 million!!! U got to be kidding me!!

  6. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Mar 1, 2012 5:15 PM

    What makes you say Raider fans arent so far impressed with Reggie?…nice try, youre lying. (But we are all used to that)

  7. rundmc81 says: Mar 1, 2012 5:16 PM

    “In Reggie We Trust”

  8. 13fitzj says: Mar 1, 2012 5:20 PM

    How can he afford a $7 million safety? He’s $22 million over the cap!

  9. getthegleam says: Mar 1, 2012 5:20 PM

    I don’t understand what you said here…

    “Raiders fans don’t seem overly impressed with McKenzie’s moves so far, but we suspect they will like this one.”

    I’m a raider Fan and I like everything Reggie has done so far. After what he was left to salvage, give me someone else’s name in a GM position that could make change without getting rid of some folks.

    If you are talking about some of the trolls who show up on the Raiders board to talk smack from time to time, then yes, the first part of your statement would be correct. Otherwise a true raider fan & knowledgeable raider fan knows he is making some good moves.

  10. raiderstotheship says: Mar 1, 2012 5:23 PM

    Love this move, hopefully after we get the cap situated we lock him up long term. Raider nation baby!

  11. rayguyreturns says: Mar 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    “Raiders fans don’t seem overly impressed with McKenzie’s moves so far…”
    _____________________________________
    Oh Really? And just who are these fans you’re talking about?
    The guy inherited a contract mess and a bunch of scholarship under achievers. Let him clean house. What???we might slip to 30th instead of 29th in “D”.
    Undrafted free agents could do what this “D” did last year.

  12. boknowsvt says: Mar 1, 2012 5:29 PM

    Branch is a ferocious hitter? Really? Reggie’s making the moves that he has to make due to the poor decisions of Al Davis (rest in peace). There may a tough year or two coming up, but I have complete faith in him.

  13. thebiblestudent says: Mar 1, 2012 5:43 PM

    “It raises some question about whether the Raiders will retain safety Michael Huff, who is due to make $8 million in 2012. $4 million is guaranteed for Huff, so we’d guess that the team will keep Huff.”

    Huff, Huff, Huff…

    Have you ever heard of a pronoun?

  14. r8danation says: Mar 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    Good Bye Michael Bush!

  15. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:07 PM

    drumnw says: Mar 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    Who?
    =============================

    You know…the guy who got payback on Ryan Matthews in that Thursday Night game in San Diego for illegally slamming him to the ground. The re-payment came in the form of a slobber-knocking hit to Ryan just outside the endzone by Branch. Ryan came back the 2nd series after that hit…stayed in for ONE PLAY and never returned after that.

  16. autumnwind999 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:24 PM

    I’m sick of all the excuse-making Raider fans who act like Reggie and Dennis Allen walk on water while trashing the likes of Al Davis and Hue Jackson.

    Bottom line is RM and DA have been gifted with an incredibly explosive offense and a defense that has enough talent to be borderline top 10 with good coaching. Some of the contracts are large on paper, but we can easily get under the cap with some restructuring and at worst 1 or 2 cuts to good but overpaid players on the defensive side of the ball.

    Stop making excuses for these guys. They were given an 8-8 team on the ascension that would’ve been in the playoffs and had as good a chance to rep the AFC as any other with decent defensive coaching and a healthy McFadden.

    Like Carson Palmer said, this team is ready to compete for a championship in 2012. Stop coddling the new leadership.

  17. mullman7675 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    Mr. McKenzie is taking care of business. Look for Wimbley and Huff to restructure. Bush may be more difficult to keep. The Raiders, with a few tweaks to the roster and a touch more discipline (which will be implemented with new regime) are headed in the right direction.

  18. acanniv says: Mar 1, 2012 6:36 PM

    Oh snap! He knocked Ryan Freakin Mathews out of a game?!? Then he must be a badass, because that guy is practically made out of steel.

    Wait…nevermind.

  19. chargerzz says: Mar 1, 2012 6:37 PM

    Since when does Beaner nation get attention

  20. stevincinci says: Mar 1, 2012 6:42 PM

    r8danation says: Mar 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    Good Bye Michael Bush!

    Welcome to Cincinnati!

  21. justanotherdummy says: Mar 1, 2012 6:53 PM

    I was hoping the Eagles would have a shot to poach this guy from the Raiders. That way they could use every draft pick on linebackers and pray that three of them could play.

  22. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:53 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:24 PM

    I’m sick of all the excuse-making Raider fans who act like Reggie and Dennis Allen walk on water while trashing the likes of Al Davis and Hue Jackson.

    Bottom line is RM and DA have been gifted with an incredibly explosive offense and a defense that has enough talent to be borderline top 10 with good coaching. Some of the contracts are large on paper, but we can easily get under the cap with some restructuring and at worst 1 or 2 cuts to good but overpaid players on the defensive side of the ball.

    Stop making excuses for these guys. They were given an 8-8 team on the ascension that would’ve been in the playoffs and had as good a chance to rep the AFC as any other with decent defensive coaching and a healthy McFadden.

    Like Carson Palmer said, this team is ready to compete for a championship in 2012. Stop coddling the new leadership.
    ===================================

    Walk on water? You mean exercising accountability and fiscal responsibility. All that McKenzie has done is make sure this franchise fiscally viable for at least the next couple of years to come. The types of contracts Al Davis had been dishing out has got this team over a barrel. The team can’t make KEY free agent signings or even sign what draft picks they have in this upcoming draft because they are so far over the cap. I can understand if we’ve been getting to the playoffs every year and had to pay those elite player to remain there, but the best we have gotten is 8-8 twice since February 31st of 19-nevurary!

    Paying players well over fair market value for seasons of 8-8 or worst is NOT going to cut it. THAT is not a legacy I want to be a part of anymore. It’s time to turn the page and try a new approach. Banging your head repeatedly against the wall and hoping that your head won’t hurt each time you bang it doesn’t work. There comes a time where you need to just stop banging your head against the wall; expecting a different outcome each time.

  23. walrushooker says: Mar 1, 2012 6:57 PM

    chargerzz says:
    Mar 1, 2012 6:37 PM
    Since when does Beaner nation get attention
    _______________
    Beaner nation? says the tool from tj errrrr sd

  24. chargerzz says: Mar 1, 2012 7:04 PM

    Dumbass raider fan can’t even spell

  25. rastaraider says: Mar 1, 2012 7:10 PM

    Love it

  26. joetoronto says: Mar 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    Even the ignorant will know all about Branch by the end of this coming season.

    The guy is crazy talented and just loves to play football.

    Now work on signing him to a long term deal.

  27. steviekthr3e says: Mar 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    Its funny when the media tries to speak on behalf of a fan base.

  28. dondiraider says: Mar 1, 2012 7:32 PM

    Love it too….bye bye bush….say hello to Tolbert.

  29. raiderrich510 says: Mar 1, 2012 7:49 PM

    Idiots..thats why Al hated the media….u can only guess what the Raids’ next move is….@ chargerzzz…win a superbowl then come here and talk smack…Raider Nation !!

  30. war27 says: Mar 1, 2012 7:51 PM

    wetpaperbag3 says: nothing.

    Al Davis was always over the cap, always made it work and always brought players in via free agency or trade.

    While the results were not there Al and whoever was helping him had been a master of the cap and how to work it. He took a team from nothing to a team that should have been in the playoffs this year. Al’s team was much better then most people think. if he could have a DC that would work with him this team would have been 10-6 or more and done a lot of damage in the playoffs.

  31. Matt says: Mar 1, 2012 8:08 PM

    I like Tyvon and he is definitely pro bowl caliber, but I would like to see Wimbley restructure, Huff restructure, and Tyvon push some of this cap number into a longterm deal.

  32. raidermick says: Mar 1, 2012 8:22 PM

    Branch is freakin NAILS!!! I would take 11 guys on each side of the ball that had his heart and guts!!! Not to mention the guy has started like 48 games in a row….FREAKIN NAILS!!!

    And what’s this about the fans are not happy with McKaenzie and Allen? What planet have you been on Gregg?

    There’s not one Raider fan that I have heard from on this site or any other site that is unhappy with the the status quo…Maybe some are waiting to see, but where do you east coast idiots come up with this crap?

    You truly are on freakin GLUE!!!

    Late…

  33. forthelove says: Mar 1, 2012 8:50 PM

    .

    The Raiders acquired Tyvon Branch with a 4th round pick in ’08 that they got by trading Fabian Washington to the Ravens. Washington never lived up to his potential or 1st round status, was benched in 2010, missed last year to injury and is currently a free agent. Meanwhile Tyvon Branch is developing into the strong safety that the Raiders have been looking for for years. I’ll gripe about missteps in the draft or on trades, but Davis definitely had some good ones, too.

    .

  34. crisis182 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:34 PM

    It’s looking more and more like the Raiders may get worse before they get better. There were so many bad moves and so many bad contracts that we have some cleaning up to do. Also, we don’t have draft picks, so that’s a problem. But I feel like if we give Reggie a few years, we’ll right this ship. Which sucks for Carson, because how many years does he really have left?

    Branch is a good player, definitely keep him. But we couldn’t just sign him to a longer term deal?

  35. spinmovr says: Mar 1, 2012 9:47 PM

    Tyvon Branch is the only trustworthy defender OAK has. He always racks up a ton of tackles because he’s cleaning up after all the tackle-missing chumps in front of him. In a real secondary with real CBs and a Safety next to him, Branch would be a Rodney Harrison type playmaker free to dominate the deep secondary.

    Money well spent.

  36. raiderapologist says: Mar 1, 2012 10:05 PM

    Bush is a nice back and one of the smarter guys at his position. He will be another one of those terrible Raider players that teams will be lining up to snag. If Branch had hit the market he would have been chased hard as well. But now that he’s staying all the trolls will be saying he’s overrated and overpaid. It will be the same for Huff. If they keep him they will be mocked. If they let him walk Dallas fan or Bengal will be bragging about landing him.

  37. westcoastraider says: Mar 1, 2012 10:53 PM

    Good Move, Our O can still be cool with the loss of Bush, Our D goes back even further with the loss of Branch….

  38. Raider-in-PA says: Mar 2, 2012 8:52 AM

    Nice move!! Better yet lock him up long-term…
    Its not a secret that Branch is a baller… even my 10-year old nephew requested a #33 Branch jersey for Christmas last year…

    As for the Raider Nation not liking what Reggie does, are you kidding?? RMAC is the best thing to happen to the Raiders since, well…. Al Davis took over!!

  39. dondiraider says: Mar 2, 2012 9:22 AM

    Right with you guys – westcoast raiders & raider apologist! Lookin forward to see who else is in our plans long term!

  40. radrntn says: Mar 2, 2012 12:44 PM

    one down, one more to go…sign bush

  41. malosos says: Mar 2, 2012 9:07 PM

    @chargerzz- Raiders 3-Discharge 0-hahahahaha

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!