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Raiders place franchise tag on Branch; Bush odd-man out?

The Raiders on Thursday placed the franchise tag on strong safety Tyvon Branch, which makes it unlikely that running back Michael Bush will be back next season.
Teams are permitted to use the franchise tag on only one player. Branch received that designation Thursday afternoon in a move confirmed by the Raiders a few minutes ago.
“We are pleased that Tyvon will return to the Raiders in 2012,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a press release. “Tyvon is a talented, productive player who we hope will be wearing the silver and black for many years to come. We will continue to work on a long-term deal to make that happen.”
Phone calls to Branch’s agent, Andrew Baker, and Branch were not returned.
Going the franchise-tag route guarantees Branch approximately $6.2 million for 2012 if he signs the one-year tender. The Raiders and Branch also are free to work out a long-term contract over the next few months.
It would have cost the Raiders $7.7 million to slap the franchise tag on Bush, which is slightly more than $2 million north of McFadden’s base salary for 2012.
Bush has said in the past that he wants a chance to be a starter and that he realizes that won’t happen in Oakland as long as Darren McFadden is on the roster.
Bush filled in for an injured McFadden the final 10 games last season – McFadden suffered a severe foot sprain in the Raiders seventh game — including starts in the last nine.
He rushed for a career-high 977 yards and showed that he is capable of being a lead back in the NFL. There are several teams in need of a back of Bush’s caliber.
McFadden is back to working out at the team’s facility, according to new coach Dennis Allen. He and second-year back Taiwan Jones are the primary backs as of now, though it’s conceivable the Raiders will add a veteran in free agency.
Branch enjoyed a breakout season in 2011, when he posted 109 tackles and intercepted one pass. He started all 48 games the past three seasons.

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  • RaiderSam

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    And there could lie the problem, Seymour. The Raiders really can’t retaliate because the league is gunning for them. The Raiders are like an employee the company is trying to get rid of. It’s open season on that employee. But as soon as he becomes agitated and fights back with co-workers? Discipline him immediately. It’s a tough spot.
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    All they need do, is WIN SOME F$%KING GAMES. There are all kind of “everybody is against us teams”

    exhibit 1; THE Baltimore Ravens. They seem to do just fine.

    The Raiders have executed poor drafts, had a meglomaniacal owner, and his odd ways have them in cap hell. I will agree there was a lot of animosity directed at Davis. Never bite the hand that feeds you, or more importantly feeds others.

    “. This made other teams look stupid. He also hired minorities and was color blind when many were still prediced about black coaches and QBs and made other owners look like the bigots they were.”

    The above was absolutely true..and primarily the main reason this guy was targeted.

  • RaiderSam

    Djohnnyg Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    Before we villify the Saints, lets wait to see how widespread this was/is.

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    There have always been bounties, and this “allegation” or whatever you want to call it still isn’t worse than that. I also find the timing of this – around the contractual impasse of Drew Brees. Timing of this is too convenient.

    LaRon Landry, anyone?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/02/with-fred-davis-tagged-laron-landry-likely-will-leave/

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Autumn Wind, I already said that businesses hold people hostage all of the time by holding them to their contract without any intention of using their services. I went on to say that the legality of it is debatable in the courts. Traditional business sense, not law, but business sense, says that when you are under contract with a company, they own you. That’s what business says. That’s what the man says. Courts don’t always come to that conclusion. I’m pretty sure Favre could have sued Green Bay and won.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Autumn Wind, I’ve asked this question several times, and have never gotten an answer. What exactly did Al Davis do to prevent a work stoppage in 2006?

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    The new collective bargaining agreement was not popular amongst most of the owners, and was about to be defeated. Davis took the floor, and did a lawyerly, step-by-step presentation about why it was in their best interests to approve it. It passed, and Goodell always appreciated that.

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    If the Raiders in fact are going primarily with the 3-4 & the Falcons franchising CB Grimes the Raiders should turn their attention to ILB Loftin.

    ‘Nuf said. . .

  • RaiderSam

    The issue I have is in the playoff game after the Saints mugged Kurt Warner they in turn beat the crap out of Farve. Half of the Saints in that game should not of even been there because what they did should have had them suspended but there was too cute a story going on with Katrina.

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    I have no issue. Had the same thing happened with us, people would be screaming “they’re out to get us”

    Williams was dirty, and he had Cecil and Jeff Fisher, and they all pushed the limits. Haynesworth got busted “enforcing Titans style” and so did Cortland Finnegan.

    They would’ve issued one on Tom Brady, and Brady dropped 50 on them back in 2008 or so. The Saints offense ran up the score, and when they faced a defense more physical than them (Forty-Niners), THEY LOST.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    I’m skeptical of Al Davis and Gene Upshaw having that tight of a relationship. Upshaw could not have been happy about the way Davis treated Marcus, even though he’d left the team long beforehand. Until I know exactly what Davis said to Upshaw to get him to soften his union’s position, I’m not too sure about Al being influential in those negotiations. Al and his front office loved to mythologize Al’s impact, and they would jump at any opportunity to take credit for something they really had little to do with.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    RaiderDuck, just shoot me a link to a transcript of this supposed presentation by Davis to the other owners, and I might buy.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Wasn’t our coach with the saints a few years back? hmmm

  • RaiderSam

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 4:28 pm
    Wasn’t our coach with the saints a few years back? hmmm

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    Weird, huh? Raiders still in the middle of drama even with Al Davis gone…

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Well, you definitely can’t blame Al for this. This is all Reggie, if it does blow up. Then again it’s possible he had no clue. That wouldn’t be a good scenario, either. I’d like to think our GM is in the loop and has all the dirt there is to be had around the league, even stuff that never gets to the press.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    ahahahahahaha

    MR beggin for more abuse. Troll 101!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    RaiderDuck, just shoot me a link to a transcript of this supposed presentation by Davis to the other owners, and I might buy.

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    It was a closed-door meeting, so no transcript is or ever will be available. However:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/723040-was-al-davis-at-the-secret-owners-meetings

    Money quote: “In 2006, Al Davis stepped in and convinced the owners—who had bickered about earnings and wouldn’t concede to the players who wanted and deserved more of the pie—to settle with the players and they signed a good collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in terms of what the players finally were awarded and the NFL had to give up.”

  • bcz24

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’m skeptical of Al Davis and Gene Upshaw having that tight of a relationship. Upshaw could not have been happy about the way Davis treated Marcus, even though he’d left the team long beforehand. Until I know exactly what Davis said to Upshaw to get him to soften his union’s position, I’m not too sure about Al being influential in those negotiations. Al and his front office loved to mythologize Al’s impact, and they would jump at any opportunity to take credit for something they really had little to do with.
    ***************
    Dude it is common knowledge that Al was instrumental in the 2006 CBA… I bet you think Al had nothing to do with hiring the first minority HC too…

  • RaiderRetribution

    With Wisniewski moving to center;
    This should be the Raiders OLine

    Vehldeer. Nicks. Wisniewski. Carlisle. Campbell/Barksdale/Gaither

  • Raider Weapon X http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 1:53 pm
    How would bounties taint a win? It’s unethical, but it’s not cheating. It’s just a violent concept that the league doesn’t allow. It doesn’t give a team an advantage.

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    By playing the rest of the game against your opponents 2nd string is an advantage.

    If its a Divsional opponent and you get him your first meeting, its an advantage.

    If they lose any of their starters because you collected a bounty for hurting them
    its an advantage.

  • Raider Weapon X http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    965. Barksdale comes off like a thoughtful, inteligent young man. We hope hecontinues to grow and win a starting job this off season he’ll own for the next 10+ years.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Sully Silly yur right it was joy behar, yur idol who saved the NFL in 2006, Al had nuthin to do with it.

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