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

By Jon Becker
Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 2:06 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • edward teach

    Lol at people upset at the Saints. Hope there are no Nation fans among them.

    That stuff is straight out of the Raider playbook of the ’70s. As is filming the other team’s walkthroughs.

    As Gene Upshaw used to say, “If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    Have to wonder if Russell would have fared better in an environment like this

    ***

    @Sully

    no doubt! the question is “how much better” ???

    However, if Reggie McKenzie is an excellent talent evaluator, who says he would have drafted JaMarcus in the first place?

    2007 he might have kept Randy Moss & Aaron Brooks and got a better coaching staff and O-Line in here

    who knows? it’s easy to play the “what if” game

  • LA to TheBay

    Russell had already achieved what he wanted. Be the #1 overall pick and get paid.

    Not sure discipline can change what’s in a guy’s heart.

    From what we heard about Rolando prior to the 2010 draft, he was a film junkie and loved the game. Not so for Russell, which I hope proves to be the difference between the two.

    We need a #1 overall pick QB who is self motivated, not worried bout money, but worried bout winning a title.

    Oh wait….. WE DO!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    If you suck in a game or miss a play you get drilled at practice and fined.

    *************************

    Somewhere, that crazy UCLA hoops kid (Nelson???) is smiling in agreement.

  • LA to TheBay

    Q: Did the Saints play dirty?

    A: No.

    Q: Is there SB win tainted in any way?

    A: No.

  • hwnrdr

    Huff just tweeted that he talked to DA and said he loved what DA has planned for teh defense…so, is Huffy staying?

  • LA to TheBay

    Their*

  • LA to TheBay

    hwnrdr Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Huff just tweeted that he talked to DA and said he loved what DA has planned for teh defense…so, is Huffy staying?

    —————-

    “Hey, Huff — go deep! No, further…. further! Keep going. That’s right. No, further, across the street, I can still hit you from here!……… OK, guys, quick, bone out. Leave his sh*t in the parking lot

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44
  • lefty12

    Huff is one of those many players we have who isn’t nearly as bad as many believe because he has been playing in the antiquated defensive scheme they were forced to play.

  • raidertay

    No offense Steve..but can we get Jerry back on the Blog. He use to crank out 5 to 6 posts a day. Steve does one posts every other day. I rarely check this thing anymore.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Do you think the Saints are the only team that does this? I see an epic league scandal coming. Good thing this story broke now instead of a year ago at this time, with the looming lockouts.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Tay, Jerry was not leaving 5 posts a day in early March. Jerry used to warn us right after the coaching changes that he would sign off for some time, only updating if there was big news.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    @ 908,

    I fell off the floor…awesome.

    Oh, revenge of the troll alert…

  • LA to TheBay

    Do you think the Saints are the only team that does this?
    —————

    Nope.

  • Gdog

    2)Michael Huff is also overpaid. He needs to be forced into a pay cut or force him to call our bluff and cut him. Again, we don’t need to keep spreading out bad deals over consecutive outyears.
    >>>>

    Unless the CBA is now different, there is no such thing as a “pay cut.” The only way any team can restructure a contract is to extend the contract out to reduce the cap hit per year. So unless Huff is in the Raiders future plans, there is no reason to restructure… its just delaying the inevitable. Thats what the Raiders did to reach the SB.. almost all the veteran players signed long term contracts to get under the cap, then when Gannon, Rice, Garner, Brown, Parella, Adams, Romo, Rwood, Kennedy, etc etc retired or moved on, we were stuck in cap hell without any of the players actually on the field.

    It would have been worth it with a ring… but its a huge gamble.

    We can prolly get by with restructuring Seymour… one player wouldn’t crush us I guess…

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Will some of the splatter from the sh!tstorm, Emperor Goodell is about to rain down on the Saints, land on Dennis Allen?

    After all, he was on the staff. When some of this “bounty” stuff was supposedly going on….

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Who them Saints?

    If I were head of the NFLPA I’d ask for at least a one year suspension for Gregg Williams and Sean Peyton.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    When the Institution (Saints) puts up incentives to hurt an opposing player, that is down-right criminal intent to injure…Lots of money gonna come out of this one.

  • Seymour Bush

    Raider Weapon X http://www.raidernationstation.com/ Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    891. Cheaters win Super Bowls
    =======================================

    Tell that to the Sf Phony Whiners. They were the biggest cheats of all.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Will some of the splatter from the sh!tstorm, Emperor Goodell is about to rain down on the Saints, land on Dennis Allen?

    After all, he was on the staff. When some of this “bounty” stuff was supposedly going on….
    ….

    Another question would be if the NFL will also target players involved and if any Raiders players were contributing money to the pot.

    I hope Allen’s name doesn’t come up in this crap.

    This is just stupid. This stuff may go on between players but why in God’s name would anyone keep records of this crap and leave an evidence trail for investigators to follow?!?!?!

  • LA to TheBay

    Was the intent to injure? I know the term ‘bounty’ would imply as much but if it was just extra cash for smashing the sh;t out of a QB (all legal hits, I might add), isn’t it just an off-the-books performance bonus?

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    LA to TheBay Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Do you think the Saints are the only team that does this?
    —————

    Nope.
    ….
    The way I understood it I thought defensive players from multiple teams were putting money in the pot for certain players.

    Am I wrong? Was this just centered within the Saints organization?

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Guess I was wrong. I heard it on ESPN radio at work.

    just had a chance to read about it now.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    The bounty program was rumored to occur back then! I remember in their title year they beat up two Hall of Fame QBs Warner and Farve with late hits intended to hurt their ribs etc… during playoff games. How about what Tony fat ass did to Gannon – he was not even susptended! Disgusting. I thought it was disgusting then and I still do now.

    I thought that Arizona or Minnesota should have retaliated since the league did nothing about it. Now years later they talk about it? This reminds me of the Patriots and their nonsense with stealing signals and in which all that happened is they lost a draft pick a couple of years later. I also remember Denver going over the cap in their title years – what they lost a 4th rounder for that and all the stupid cut blocking Denver used to do.

    I like good hard hits but I really don’t like cheap shots and a league that does nothing about it. Shame on the NFL for being a bunch of wussys when enforcing the rules Cheaters never prosper except in the NFL!!!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Williams and Peyton should be fined and suspended and the Saints should lost their first and 2nd round pics. I mean Warner retired after that beat down.

  • LA to TheBay

    This is just stupid. This stuff may go on between players but why in God’s name would anyone keep records of this crap and leave an evidence trail for investigators to follow?!?!?!

    ——–

    Gotta pay them somehow. Paper trail has to be left somewhere and I’d imagine audits were in order.

    These are NFL coaches, not congressional slush fund managers and CIA operatives (and even those guys get caught).

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Why not put a bounty on the coaches? the saints’ performance on the field came down when sean payton got his leg broken on the sideline…why not put a bounty on the refs? lets put a bounty on every living thing out there, how bad ca it be? this kids only weigh 300 pounds.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Williams was talking this crap up that year talking about “knocking people out” of games. He is a punk! Someone should of went wide right and retaliated on Payton and then took Brees out and see how it feels. Too bad stick neck Williams was up in a booth. Maybe that ice skater from Portland can brings some of her friends in for a visit. What a thug! NFL should have suspended half the defense. I saw the late hits – half of them did not even get a personal conduct penalty now we have over reaction on other teams that make decent plays and we have these thugs running wild – no balance.

    Can you imagine if the Raiders tried to pull something like this?

  • DEATHROW 55

    That hit on Favre was awesome that big de broke that drama queens soul with that hit . Bountys are cool until it gets leaked out and embarrass your coaches.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    You’d think the league would do everything they could to avoid the widespread scandal, and keep it as isolated to one team as possible. But of course an opportunity to take down the Raiders could change that.

  • djohnnyg

    449.realtruraider Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 am
    Listen up I got something to say, Fk all you so called raider fans that feel the need to talk schit about the greatest Raider ever, The Late Great Al Davis. Show some fking respect man, let the man rest and peace. Not sure why some of you still feel the need to bash him daily, give it a fking rest, some of you muthafkers are fake @ss fans, who sound more like Donkeys or Queefs fans.

    I know theres alot of Real Tru Raider fans on here, but man reading through some of these post makes me shake my head and wonder why some these fools ever became Raider fans.

    From the “for what it’s worth category”.

    On NFLN Lombardi was on from the combine and they were talking about how the combine isn’t the same without Al Davis.

    Lombardi said “His presence is certainly missed here this year. He was an intimidating presence and he knew everything about every player; where they went to school, their stats…everything”. He continued “I was in Cleveland with Bill Belichik and we plagiarized…stole… alot of the stuff we learned from Al Davis and implemented those things with the Browns. Alot of the stuff Belichik uses now actually came from Al Davis”.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    If the NFL does not come down like a ton of bricks on this one, the NFL is going to start looking like the NHL a few years ago. We are going to have to start drafting enforcers and give them signing bonuses for when they take people out and get fined.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Autumn the reason the Raiders are in such bad standing with the league is because they are the father of bounty-style play. I don’t know if the Raiders had actual bounties in the ’70s but every player on that defense played as if there was one. Tatum admitted he was trying to hurt people. Said there’s no other way to play the game.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Deathrow

    Look I am not a Farve fan but that kind of crap can ruin his life – he could be crippled forever after on of those bs cheap shots. I remember in some instances in the NHL a few years back there was actually aggravated battery charges because the shots were so cheap. The one that needs a cheap shot is Williams!

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Deathrow, Favre isn’t a drama queen. The Packers were the real drama queens. All they had to do was cut him but they didn’t want him to go to another team. Then they didnt’ want him to play for them, either. They tried to hold him hostage.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Favre probably could have sued the Packers for what they did. Holding him to his contract with no intention of using his services? That’s a form of enslavement. Every American is guaranteed a pursuit of happiness. It’s in the constitution.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Sullivan

    I was at some of those games Tatum et al. had territories and if a WR wanted to try to come in and make a catch in my territory they would pay and remember the cost so they would hear footsteps next time. They were not necessarily trying to take the player out just trying to get them to hear footsteps and get jumpy so they would drop balls. The rules were different then and the corners and WRs also mixed it up. There was a reason Lester Hayes was called Lester the molester. That is totally different from taking out people after a play is dead or late hitting like these thugs were up to. I honestly believe the league gave New Orleans some slack because of Katrina and they pushed it right to the limit.

  • Seymour Bush

    Sullivan44 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Favre probably could have sued the Packers for what they did. Holding him to his contract with no intention of using his services? That’s a form of enslavement. Every American is guaranteed a pursuit of happiness. It’s in the constitution.
    ========================================

    Actually, the Declaration of Independence.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Look Farve signed the contract! If they want to pay him for carrying a clipboard the more power to them. I am not a big Farve fan but he had a right to try to work his way out of there as well within the rules.

    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.

  • djohnnyg

    Before we villify the Saints, lets wait to see how widespread this was/is.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Autumn Wind, that’s conventional pro-business philosophy. But I still think Favre could have sued in civil court and won. If he could make the case that Green Bay had no intentions of using his services. It’s one thing if you hold someone to a contract and you could use their services. That’s what a contract is for. Contracts were not designed to take people out of the game. Sure, businesses do it. But the true legality of it is certainly debatable in the courts. That pursuit of happiness is important, and most judges, even conservative ones, will side in favor of it. If your’e not going to use the employee, let them pursue their happiness. Let them prosper elsewhere. Don’t hold them hostage.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Autumn Wind, point out to me how Green Bay outright releasing Favre during that debacle would have made the game of football worse. I look forward to that.

  • Seymour Bush

    I don’t know why this is such an issue with you guys? Did you see Kimo dive and hit Palmer in the knees after he completed that 50 yard strike on the lst play of that cincy Pitt playoff game? Or when Tamba Hali dove at Palmers knees here in the Coliseum the very lst pass Palmer threw? Sh** happens all the time. Answer: Paybacks are a bit**.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    The reason the Raiders were in bad standing with the league:

    1. Al Davis was in a feud with Pete Rozelle and was ticked about not being commissioner or co-commissioner when the leagues merged. Davis played hardball to force the merger and many in the old NFL did not like it.

    2. Davis ticked off the league by moving and then suing the league

    3. Darrell Stingily. However that hit was not way after the play or anything like a bounty but was a viscus hit – following the make them pay mentality. Remember there were no rules about helmet to helmet hits and other types of hits that are frowned upon now days etc…

    4. Al made a lot of enemies that were on committees such as Coach Shanahan that absolutely hated him.

    5. Al kept doing things that made the league look bad like taking outcasts like Ted Hendricks or Jim Plunket and revamping their careers. 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.

    6. He paid too much for players and did not respect coaches which drove prices up and made many in the league hate him.

    It seemed though that under the new Commissioner, Al was kind of beloved and he played an integral role in the 2006 labor agreement that avoided a shut down.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    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.

  • Seymour Bush

    #946. There ya go.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    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?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Bush

    The reason it ticks me off is I watched those playoff games and they were drilling Farve and Warner with helmets into their ribs etc… over and over again. It is one thing to get there late and take a bad angle or a player take a cheap shot individually, it is entirely a different thing to have a coach talk about knocking people out of games as a defensive strategy. This is not boxing or MMA. If the NFL does not take action the other team should throw wide right and start taking out coaches and take out Brees and see how they like their own medicine.

    Sullivan

    I do not want to talk about contract law with you about Farve. Neither of us is a lawyer and we do not have the contract in front of us. In business people are paid all the time to not compete within a geographic limit or outright. What Farve did in some ways is not a lot different than what Palmer did. Palmer was tired of playing under the conditions of Cincinnati and wanted out and did some drama about it – was even willing to retire than play there. As I remember you are one of the CP haters (but I might be wrong)

  • 1960AutumnWind

    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?

    To me? I have read that he worked with Upshaw and came up with a compromise that was adopted. I know his relationship with Upshaw and them working together on the side helped avert the situation then.