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New Branch deal clears more than $7 million in cap space

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The Raiders, who are paying for bad contracts of the past with salary-cap problems of the present, managed to create a significant chunk of space with the stroke of a pen.  Without costing the player a dime.

The new deal signed by safety Tyvon Branch drops his cap number for 2013 from $10.9 million to $3.872 million, per a source with knowledge of the deal.

Branch receives in 2013 a guaranteed payment of $8.785 million and a base salary of $715,000, which equals the $6 million base salary and $3.5 million roster bonus Branch was due to receive under the prior deal.

In 2014, the cap number increases  to $7.157 million, with a $3 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus.  $1.5 million of the base salary is fully guaranteed.  (Under the prior deal, the cap number would have been $5.4 million; the 2014 compensation remains the same.)

Ditto for 2015; the base salary is still $5.5 million with a $1 million roster bonus.  But the cap number climbs from $7.9 million under the old deal to $8.257 million under the new one.

The contract also includes $3.514 million in dead money that will hit the cap in 2016, after the final two years void.  Which is part of the price a team has to pay when taking current cap dollars and pushing them into the future.

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21 Responses to “New Branch deal clears more than $7 million in cap space”
  1. therealraider says: Mar 8, 2013 7:22 PM

    Damn. Thats how you re-work a deal. Way to go Big Reg.

  2. radrntn says: Mar 8, 2013 7:31 PM

    Props to T Branch for being a team player. Hopefully guys like Palmer, DHB, Huff, Shaunnesy, Bryant, Seymour, Lechler etc…are willing to do the same to help finish what they started…..if not hand them an apple and a road map, where they can join a slew of other guys where pride got in the way of employment.

  3. hempoilcures says: Mar 8, 2013 7:32 PM

    Looks like Reggie knows what he is doing……dumping more “out of whack” contracts is going to give Reggie some play room for some decent Free Agents…..things are looking up in Raiderland. Now he just needs to trade down the draft pick and get more picks and really turn the roster over into a FOOTBALL roster. Not a bunch of good athletes who are trying to learn how to play football with no idea of the little things that produce big things.

  4. mrlynch33 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:36 PM

    Sounds like the Raiders NEW front office, may be…..a lot better than we all thought.

    Signed a Niners fan from Rhode Island.

  5. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Mar 8, 2013 7:47 PM

    Well done.. Now do Kelly, DHB, And Palmer. This move in itself clears more than enough for rookies. Hopefully they can get a FA or two that can help immediately. That would do wonders for this team. Especially if they are quality DBs.

  6. demolition510 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:51 PM

    People – Sey is no longer a Raider

  7. demolition510 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:52 PM

    Give the new regime time to fix things. A major overhaul doesn’t happen overnight.

  8. autumnwind999 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:58 PM

    Hate to break up the Reggie McKenzie love-fest and implicit Al Davis bashing, but you should all know that this “out of whack” contract was created and agreed upon by Reggie McKenzie last offseason. Like the Brisiel deal he had to rework earlier in the week.

    These two deals had nothing to do with Al Davis other than that he drafted Branch in the 4th round a few years ago. These “out of whack” deals are on McKenzie.

    Branch is OK, but not a difference maker. Probably worth about $2-3 per year. Personally. I think Mike Mitchell is better and should be the starter.

    McKenzie did what he had to do to kick some cap hit down the road to when he may or may not still be employed by the Raiders.

    The only magic trick he’s turned so far is turning a team that was 16-16 over the two previous years into an embarrassing 4-12 squad. #truth

  9. oakfosho says: Mar 8, 2013 8:17 PM

    Desperate move by a desperate retard.Mark needs to make his daddy proud and fire this bum now.He is way over his head and will have the #1 overall pick in 2014 and will be released of his duties.Heard it here first. Flag away Reggie lovers.Be back tomarro.

  10. raiderinva says: Mar 8, 2013 8:19 PM

    1) Great re-work by Reggie.
    2) Awesome eye for talent and attitude by Dennis Allen.
    3) Excellent way to help by Tyvon Branch.
    4) An unbelievable display of everyone working together to build a winning franchise for the long haul.
    5) The real winners in all of this are the fans.

    Win Lose or Tie a Raider Till I Die

  11. swadehoo says: Mar 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    The Steelers rework Big Ben’s contract every year and that is suave management and great teamwork. If the Raiders do something similar, it’s because of bad management? Give Reggie a few years.

  12. stevincinci says: Mar 8, 2013 8:51 PM

    Palmer won’t restructure. He wants his 13 mil or he’ll retire.

  13. autumnwind999 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:23 PM

    Give me the thumbs down and pull the wool over your eyes all you want. Facts are facts. Reggie created the Branch contract that he just had to rework. Reggie is the one who decided to pay Branch $8 mil per season.
    Look it up.

  14. raiderapologist says: Mar 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:58 PM

    The only magic trick he’s turned so far is turning a team that was 16-16 over the two previous years into an embarrassing 4-12 squad. #truth
    ——-
    The only real difference between 8-8 and 4-12 is draft position. McKenzie started 20M in the hole and now has over 6M to spend, without touching McFadden, Heyward-Bey, Tommy Boy, or Palmer. 3.5M in dead money in 2016 is nothing compared to that.

  15. tdubdizzle says: Mar 8, 2013 9:52 PM

    Branchs deal was signed by Al Davis…Reggie restructured it last year too…

  16. tdubdizzle says: Mar 8, 2013 9:56 PM

    Ohp nevermind, he was franchise tagged and then signed a long term deal. My mistake to all the people who don’t care.

  17. mattdog61 says: Mar 8, 2013 10:17 PM

    RAAAAI-DERRRS !!! RAAAI-DERRRS !!!

  18. autumnwind999 says: Mar 8, 2013 10:21 PM

    raiderapologist says:Mar 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:58 PM

    The only magic trick he’s turned so far is turning a team that was 16-16 over the two previous years into an embarrassing 4-12 squad. #truth
    ——-
    The only real difference between 8-8 and 4-12 is draft position. …

    ———————–

    Actually the difference is 2x as many wins and playing meaningful football until about 5 minutes left in week 17 vs. being dead in the water before Halloween and building on success.

    Whoever made the decision to fire Hue Jackson is first and foremost to blame for the 2012 season. Mark Davis and Reggie are both on record saying it was Reggie’s call, while there is a lot of speculation that it was Mark’s decision.

  19. joetoronto says: Mar 9, 2013 4:34 AM

    This is good news for Raider fans and sour grapes for Hue Jackson fans.

    Tyvon Branch is the real deal, he plays the game the way it was meant to be played.

  20. autumnwind999 says: Mar 9, 2013 6:03 AM

    I honestly can’t believe how dumb most of you are.

    Can Reggie at least show any kind of measurable success or at least progress, not regression from 8-8 to 4-12, before you all kiss his feet?

    Al Davis was a 3-time Super Bowl-winning, Hall of Fame owner/GM. One of the greatest figures in all of sports history. And you clowns want to act like Reggie McKenzie, below average former linebacker and 4-12 GM is some kind of huge upgrade and savior.

    Al won three trophies and was at the doorstep for what could’ve been a few more if not for some flaky officiating. Reggie McKenzie has earned the right to pick No. 3 in the NFL draft because he fielded a 4-12 team/coaching staff in 2012. Let’s just hope his rookie mistakes (including the original Branch contract) are behind him and he gets this thing figured out real quick, for his sake as well as the team’s.

  21. raiderapologist says: Mar 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    autumnwind999 says: Mar 9, 2013 6:03 AM

    I honestly can’t believe how dumb most of you are.
    ————–
    Hey now, maybe we should save the insults for the fans of the other 31 teams that already think we’re idiots.
    ———————
    Al Davis was a 3-time Super Bowl-winning, Hall of Fame owner/GM. One of the greatest figures in all of sports history. And you clowns want to act like Reggie McKenzie, below average former linebacker and 4-12 GM is some kind of huge upgrade and savior.
    Al won three trophies and was at the doorstep for what could’ve been a few more if not for some flaky officiating.
    ———–
    Al is dead. Hue Jackson got the offense going, but he didn’t improve on Tom Cable’s 8-8, and his mouth didn’t do him any favors. Davis is a legend, but he didn’t do much over the last decade of his tenure, which is why guys like you think 8-8 is some type of grand accomplishment. McKenzie isn’t a savior. He’s just the guy that has to follow Davis and try to build a team in a different way than Davis did. It doesn’t happen overnight.

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