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Tyvon Branch to sign franchise tender today

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The Raiders will get Tyvon Branch back in the mix today.

Branch, the free agent safety who is the Raiders’ franchise player, will sign his one-year tender offer and report to the team, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports. That means he’ll get a guaranteed base salary of $6.22 million this season.

A month ago reports said that a long-term deal between the Raiders and Branch was in the works, but nothing has materialized there. Branch still wants a long-term contract to stay in Oakland, but he’s willing to play on the franchise tender for now.

The 25-year-old Branch was the Raiders’ fourth-round draft pick in 2008. He has started all 16 games for each of the last three seasons.

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30 Responses to “Tyvon Branch to sign franchise tender today”
  1. warrenmoon says: May 7, 2012 11:21 AM

    I am just wondering how they can sign him when all the reports say they have 30k in cap space. Someone’s wrong haha

    For teams that have franchise players, the amount of the franchise tender is counted toward the cap whether the player has signed the tender or not. Branch signing the tender has no effect on the amount of cap space the Raiders have.–MDS

  2. kingbeason52 says: May 7, 2012 11:23 AM

    I guess drafting players based on speed can be a positive eventually..it always seems the Raiders produce good corners and safetys..

  3. TeamBalco says: May 7, 2012 11:29 AM

    Beast!

  4. mjbulls45 says: May 7, 2012 11:36 AM

    the raiders are quietly and slowly building

    while the rest of the world is blinded by mannings shift to denver

    the raiders are coming for the sneak attack on the afc west

  5. h3min1230 says: May 7, 2012 11:37 AM

    Tyvon is just another Branch on the family tree.

    Yes? No?

  6. p4hbiz says: May 7, 2012 11:40 AM

    Sign the guy already.

  7. mullman7675 says: May 7, 2012 11:45 AM

    Big Reg will have a long term deal hammered out soon enough. Branch is a SOLID DB, who will most likely get some Pro Bowl consideration this season. I look forward to the RAIDERS hurting feeling in the NFL in 2012, the AFC West is ripe for the picking.

  8. joetoronto says: May 7, 2012 12:00 PM

    Raider fans know who Tyvon Branch is but everyone will know once this season get underway.

    This guy is as talented as they come. He has tremendous speed and he brings one hell of a load too.

    Dude just loves to play football.

  9. b7p19 says: May 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    The Raiders really went out on a limb here…???

  10. mojodoa says: May 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Good. Now coach him up and sign him long term. Go Raiders!

  11. bigal1952 says: May 7, 2012 12:28 PM

    He’s bulked up to 218 and ready to go.

    http://lockerz.com/s/203655733

  12. forthelove says: May 7, 2012 12:32 PM

    As much grief as Al Davis got for draft picks, Branch was snagged in the 4th round, Veldheer (our franchise LT) in the 3rd, Jacoby Ford in the 3rd, Louis Murphy in the 4th, Denarius Moore in the 4th. Even more may mature into their roles, but that’s not bad value in the past few years.

  13. commitment2excrement says: May 7, 2012 12:33 PM

    This will end in a bitter divorce just like all the DB’s worth a salt that wore a Raiders uniform.

  14. forthelove says: May 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    And I would also say Big Sey is the best 1st round pick we’ve spent since Namdi. Completely turned around the culture and attitude.

  15. dawsonleery says: May 7, 2012 1:02 PM

    Gil Brandt said he would be a steal, he was right. Branch is top 5 SS in the game today.

  16. racerx1225 says: May 7, 2012 1:05 PM

    Nnamdi was a late round pick, 4th maybe 5th or even a 7th and was a S converted to CB.

  17. racerx1225 says: May 7, 2012 1:05 PM

    Not near a 1st rd pick.

  18. nicosanchez02 says: May 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    Awesome, and let’s not forget a healthy Matt Shaughnessy, and Big Marcel Reece too!

  19. mullman7675 says: May 7, 2012 1:22 PM

    @forthelove: Good points. Al’s last couple of drafts do not get enough love. He picked up solid starters for years to come before he passed. The man was a legend/genius in the game of football and NFL and it’s fans should constantly be reminded of it.

  20. gitchogameon says: May 7, 2012 2:06 PM

    forthelove says: May 7, 2012 12:32 PM

    As much grief as Al Davis got for draft picks, Branch was snagged in the 4th round, Veldheer (our franchise? (lol) LT) in the 3rd, Jacoby Ford in the 4th, Louis Murphy in the 4th, Denarius Moore in the 5th. Even more may mature into their roles, but that’s not bad value in the past few years.

    *fixed that ish for you!*

    racerx1225 says: May 7, 2012 1:05 PM

    Nnamdi was a late round pick, 4th maybe 5th or even a 7th and was a S converted to CB.

    Hmmm, let me google that for you as well….

    Nope, he was a 1st round pick numbnuts.

  21. crazyphatdude14 says: May 7, 2012 2:07 PM

    @racerx1225: Nnamdi was drafted with the 31st pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was a 1st rounder. Not a late rounder.

  22. getthegleam says: May 7, 2012 2:13 PM

    He is one of the most underrated players in the league.

    I’m seriously hoping we keep this guy for the long haul.

  23. tdk24 says: May 7, 2012 2:39 PM

    People would know who he was if he was Samoan.

  24. humboldt420 says: May 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    I am really interested to see what head coach Dennis Allen and defensive back coach Clayton Lopez can do with Branch.

    Coming out of UConn as a cornerback, Branch was projected as a standout special teamer due to his sub 4.40 speed.

    It’s nice to see him blossom into a sure-tackling safety for the Raiders.

    The reason I am interested to see what Allen and Lopez can do with Branch is in the pass coverage area. Branch is a solid in-the-box safety, but the pass coverage element is where he is lacking.

    With that said, Al Davis struck gold on Branch in the 4th round and Oakland would be wise to lock him up long term.

  25. crazyphatdude14 says: May 7, 2012 3:54 PM

    @humboldt420 Branch has sub-4.3 speed. He ran an official 4.31 at the Combine a few years ago, but some scouts had him at as low as 4.27s. I believe branch is miscast as a SS. Because he is a good tackler, he is in the box often. I think he could be one of the best FS in the league if he were moved there. In pass coverage he plays more like a linebacker because when the ball is snapped he plays the run first and sometimes it allows the WR to get a step on him and he struggles to once that happens (he needs to work on that). Mike Mitchell is just as good a tackler and is a more natural SS and is currently wasted on the depth chart. Huff should be moved to Nickel Corner in my opinion.

    @gitchogameon Veldheer is absolutely a Franchise Left Tackle. He single handedly held Jared Allen out of the backfield the entire Viking Game. Not to mention he only keeps getting better every year. He was an absolute STEAL in the 3rd round.

  26. rojodiablo says: May 7, 2012 7:08 PM

    Branch wants just way too much money and I don’t blame Reggie for not giving it to him really, he has some talent but he is NOT the best safety in the NFL, in fact he is not even in the top five imo!! I would go as far as to say Branch is barely in the top ten really. He has speed obviously but that’s about it, with at times not enough solid tackling, and he gets taken out of plays regularly. He blows tackles too often and loses sight of the guys he’s covering WAY too often as well! If Allen and his coaching staff can get more out of Branch, then maybe he deserves a long term deal but it should NOT be the kind of money the top five SS’s of the league are getting, no way- no how!!!

  27. raiderapologist says: May 7, 2012 7:58 PM

    rojodiablo says: May 7, 2012 7:08 PM

    Branch wants just way too much money and I don’t blame Reggie for not giving it to him really, he has some talent but he is NOT the best safety in the NFL, in fact he is not even in the top five imo!! (snip)

    Yeah, that’s why they tagged him. McKenzie thinks he’s overrated.

  28. radrntn says: May 7, 2012 8:51 PM

    raiders are good……i could see long term deal getting completed in the early summer. 6 million is a great value for a guy who can play both s, and cb when need be, similiar to mitchell.

    Can’t wait to see who the raiders sign when all these teams that had 10 picks in the draft, have to make cut the rosters. There will be some marquee names out there no doubt about it.

  29. mullman7675 says: May 8, 2012 1:43 AM

    commitment2excrement says:
    May 7, 2012 12:33 PM
    This will end in a bitter divorce just like all the DB’s worth a salt that wore a Raiders uniform.

     6 86 
    Lol- you effing donkey. Have a clue before you speak. Willie Brown, Jack Tatum, blah, blah , blah. Haters need not speak about the RAIDERS because they have no clue as to what they are talking about. They are weak-minded individuals who allow emotion to cloud their judgement. Bunch of simpletons.
    Nice handle donkey, way to think outside of the box. You absolute kook.

  30. joetoronto says: May 8, 2012 6:29 AM

    crazyphatdude14 says: May 7, 2012 3:54 PM

    @humboldt420 Branch has sub-4.3 speed. He ran an official 4.31 at the Combine a few years ago, but some scouts had him at as low as 4.27s. I believe branch is miscast as a SS. Because he is a good tackler, he is in the box often. I think he could be one of the best FS in the league if he were moved there. In pass coverage he plays more like a linebacker because when the ball is snapped he plays the run first and sometimes it allows the WR to get a step on him and he struggles to once that happens (he needs to work on that). Mike Mitchell is just as good a tackler and is a more natural SS and is currently wasted on the depth chart. Huff should be moved to Nickel Corner in my opinion.
    ************************************************
    Excellent post, crazyphatdude.

    I’ve been waiting for Huff to be moved to CB since he arrived, he’s a natural CB.

    Couldn’t agree more with Branch playing FS, he’s a natural there too.

    I’m not completely sold on Mitchell yet, we’ll see how much he progresses this year.

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