Raiders restructuring continues with Tyvon Branch

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The Raiders created some cap space earlier this week by restructuring the contract of guard Mike Brisiel and they’ve opened up a little more by doing the same with safety Tyvon Branch.

Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that Branch and the Raiders have taken the familiar step of paring down his base salary by converting it into a bonus that will spread out the cap hit over the remaining years on Branch’s deal. In addition, the team has added two more years to the deal Branch signed before the 2012 season.

Branch’s salary has dropped from $6 million to $715,000 in 2013 and he is now set to make $6.5 million in both 2016 and 2017. The two moves that the Raiders made this week have dropped them about $6 million under the salary cap with the pre-free agency negotiating window opening up in a couple of days.

There are expected to be more restructured contracts in Oakland with Corkran mentioning wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly as possible targets. There’s also the case of quarterback Carson Palmer, who said earlier this week that it’s unclear what would happen if the Raiders asked him to cut his pay from the $13 million he’s slated to receive in 2013.

23 responses to “Raiders restructuring continues with Tyvon Branch

  1. As a Raider fan that has next to little faith in the new front office and coaching staff, I can say that this is a good move. Branch was nothing like his old self last season.

    As for Carson? I hope we can get him back, without him we would be 0-16 last year. How he amassed 4,000+ yards in Greg Knapp’s throw to the tight end offense anonymous receivers and tight ends is beyond me.

    Hue got DHB to be a productive member of the offense. Before it was Zach Miller leading the team in catches with WR’s barely even being targeted. He must have some skeletons in his closet that hes only a running backs coach 2 years removed.

    Hopefully Greg Olsen (who?) can find the dynamic this offense had going for it. But after seeing what Denver has done 1 year removed from the Josh McDaniels debacle isn’t encouraging for us. I hate John Elway, but you got to give him his due, he put together a team that can win now.

  2. I hope in Tommy Kelly’s case “restructuring” means “telling a worthless bum to try not to get a 15 yard penalty on his way out the door”.

  3. I hope Kelly restructures or i am ok with out him, i really want Carson as the qb because Terrell isnt the answer, trust me. Running qb’s are exciting, but they aren’t the answer, when was the last time one won a super bowl..yup

  4. So what happens if they cut branch next off season? Does he lose all the money he deferred from this year?

  5. spellingcops says: Mar 7, 2013 7:33 PM

    So what happens if they cut branch next off season? Does he lose all the money he deferred from this year?
    I think they just turned a big chunk of his salary into a signing bonus that they can spread into the future. He still gets his this season, but McKenzie now holds a Tyvon Branch credit card that he has to make payments on after the grace period expires.

    Anyone else read that story about Hue Jackson claiming Davis offered him the GM job in 2010? Maybe that’s why he’s still a position coach.

  6. As a fan of the Raiders it is very hard to watch the team recover yet continue to move forward. I honestly believe that the recovery will have to continue through next year.

    The team is already starting to turn the corner with a youth movement. Sorry Carson Palmer but with Terrell Pryor under center I was not expecting an interception. Dennis Allen is getting the attitude and effort aligned on the field that is needed to win.

    A long term plan for success was launched last year and the Raiders are about 1/3 of the way through it. The organization did not get in this situation over night and it will not get out of it over night.

  7. @raider8er I agree with you completely. But hes having to rework contracts he negotiated. Cleaning up Als mess is tough enough.. but he wouldnt have to rework his own contracts if he got em right the first time.

  8. raiderapologist says:Mar 7, 2013 7:59 PM

    Anyone else read that story about Hue Jackson claiming Davis offered him the GM job in 2010? Maybe that’s why he’s still a position coach.

    Yup I read that drivel. I LOL’d…Like AD was gonna give up control to anyone, let alone a jabroney he was interviewing for OC…..

  9. The thing we need to remember bout Hubert’s offensive e success is that Al Saunders was the OC, I’m a firm believer had he still been calling the plays we’da had a decent offense.. Branch is a raider for life, even if he wears another jersey at some point, glad to see he’s down for the cause, kinda gives you that hope that maybe these dudes Are gettin it together

  10. Great move by Reggie, Its great to see Branch being a team player! For those of you who say you don’t believe in or cant stand the new front office, Just really don’t know football. They are doing what needs to be right give Reggie time he is a master talent evaluator, And will add more quality players through the draft and free agency. We’re not as far away as some think! RAIDER NATION 4 LIFE!

  11. Raiders will eat some dead money cutting McClain, but that will free up about $3m in cap space even with the dead money. Also another $2m w/ dead money with Kelly. I believe if Reggie is good, he can money ball these two positions. McClain has been a bust, and Kelly is done agewise.

  12. This is good news! Branch is a team player and that’s what we need more of. i understand we all need money to live but he took one for the team and extended his life with the Raiders. I have a ton of respect for the man who takes a pay cut of over 5Mil for the year and loves football more then money! RM is getting her done! Now lets see what Wheeler does? Last I heard it sounded like he wanted to hit FA to test the market for his one year of play looking for a big payday.He was quoted as saying he really wanted to play for a winning franchise again. Obviously they didn’t feel the same way. Palmer, DHB will restructure and Kelly and McClain are gone. We need to cut our losses now instead of later to get through this financial Black Hole!!!

  13. You Hue Jackson fans, ask yourself why nobody but the Bengals offered him a job.

    He’s bad news, period.

  14. Good call on Oakland’s part. He’s not fantastic, but he’s the only glimmer of hope we currently have in the secondary.

  15. IF Anquan Boldin is fa i would love this dude i wanted him in his first move to the ravens from cards this dude is 2nd best wr in league in my opinion hes uncoverable he just gets open n when hes not open he still catches it

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