Update: Branch signs franchise tender


Update: The Raiders announced Branch has signed his franchise free agent tender.

Strong safety Tyvon Branch will sign his franchise tender Monday, guaranteeing him a salary of $6.212 million this season, according to an NFL Network report.

Branch and the club have until July 15 to negotiate a longterm deal, which would guarantee him more money and reduce his salary cap number.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Raider D

    Reece will remain a Raider! He’s the X factor! I would still sign Ovie and re-sign Reece since he isn’t a conventional FB!


    you’re probably right, D.

    I’m fine with Reece on the roster. Maybe he can play RB or TE if we get in a pinch? He needs to improve as a blocker if we’re switching back to the zbs, is all i’m saying. I want a mauler at FB
    Come on Reggie bring him in for a physical since we need to know if is MCL is good to go!

    RRS, YES we need a mauling FB!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    FB’s Lawrence Vickers & Vonta Leach were BEASTS for the Texans in the past

  • Raidernationdave

    Wut up Beyotches!!

  • If Knapp wants a blocking FB, we’ve already got Tonga on the roster.

  • raiderlization

    Look My take is Lienert Broke his collar bone and got replaced in AZ He was put in after an injury to the starter in Houston and Broke it again a fwew plays later. Like Pryor he does not have any reps in a Raiders Uniform and Until he does he is just another QB in Camp!He’s no Gannon!

  • Raidernationdave

    edward teach Says:
    May 8th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    409. Ridiculous. Without even doing any research I can come up with the Falcons right off the bat. Thomas Dimitroff was a well-respected personnel guy with no GM experience, and he hired Mike Smith, who had no previous experience as a head coach. Together they overhauled the roster and changed the culture in Atlanta. They very quickly became one of the better young teams in the league, and look to get even better as their youngsters develop.

    Everything that McKenzie is trying to do has been done before. Teams have hired new people with new ideas and methods and been successful.

    Saying that the Raiders are in uncharted and dangerous territory is disingenuous, or uninformed.

    Or both!

    RMac had the benefit of being around Ron Wolf in Green Bay for how many years…20 or so? Many here credit RW for building the Raiders under Al during the 70’s. It stands to figure that RMac ‘learned’ quite a bit in how to build a championship team.

    The biggest change that has already come because of Reg is the culture change of the last ten years where dudes were coming to Oaktown to get paid, not necessarily to play. It ain’t that way no more dudes. Wanna play? Reggie just might have a spot for you. Wanna just get paid? Go kick rocks.

    Face it dudes, the culture has changed. That old culture is what prevented this team from being winners. Give that change 3 years and we just might be hoisting a Lombardi again.

  • hwnrdr

    I agree, I think we’ll be fine! Gone are the days of one and done!

  • Raidernationdave

    Take this guy, JR Myers, does he have any inkling about the history of Oakland Raider football? In the “heyday” years, the 60’s and 70’s, the Raiders were built with dudes that wanted to come to Oakland – to be Oakland Raiders – not just to get paid. That culture changed in the late 80’s for sure (fo’ shizzle!). However it changed the organization in the 2000’s. Al routinely had one of the highest payrolls in the NFL yet with the worst results.

    Times are a changin’ dudes.


    Raidernationdave Says:
    May 7th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    J R Myers Says:
    May 7th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    What purpose is that?


    To change the culture surrounding the type of organization the Raiders had become. To wit. The era of the last ten years where playa’s came to get paid instead of playin’ for championships. Yo!

    It is evident that culture is now dead.

    The type of playa the Raiders now seek are those with quality character that want to play for rings first and get paid second. By the moves RMac has made both on and off the field it is evident that this is the new direction of the club.

    The purpose is to build a championship caliber team.


  • RaiderRockstar

    Attn: Reggie

    give this man a job, so that he can make his child-support payments!!


  • Raidernationdave

    Wanna play for a championship? Great! Come to Oakland.

    Wanna come and cash in on your new found fame? Keep walking MF’er. The Raiders are looking for quality character dudes that want to play for rings.

  • For years veterans came here to take it easy, because they knew Al Davis wouldn’t allow the coaches to crack down on them. Camp Wuss.

  • Just Win Baby

    They had a cool thing about Marcus DuPree on espn last night. Dude could’ve been a monster. Still a good story.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Raiders are looking for quality character dudes that want to play for rings.



    how do you think we justify staying away from talented players like Benson & Owens, guys who could CLEARLY help us offensively, due to “character flaws” … when we’ve signed Brandon Underwood and given Rolando McClain such high praise this offseason??

    I mean Pryor, Barnes, Kelly, Murphy & Janikowski aren’t “choir boys” either

    I think we need to improve the team by whatever means necessary!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    For years veterans came here to take it easy, because they knew Al Davis wouldn’t allow the coaches to crack down on them. Camp Wuss.



    yes and no.

    Al Davis wouldn’t allow the coaches to crack down on players = yes.

    Camp Wuss = no.

    Tom Cable got fined for his camps being too physical. then Hue Jackson camp was deemed pretty intense by Jerry & Steve as well. Davis was a players owner and allowed players to bypass coaches and go straight to him with any issues.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • Sullivan44 Says:
    May 8th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    For years veterans came here to take it easy, because they knew Al Davis wouldn’t allow the coaches to crack down on them.


    Witness DMAC jacking the team around last year, while we were poised to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

    Reg better not tolerate quitters like Al did. Wanna sit 9 games with a hangnail? Fine him. Refuse meds? Fine him.

    DMAC has only one more chance. Reg better keep a fire lit under his pansy ass.

  • Raidernationdave

    RRS….dude, I certainly see your point and agree with it. RMac’s moves have shown that no one is safe in the organization, no matter who they are, no matter how long they’ve been there.

    Kind’a like my industry and my job status!

    I wanna be at my job. I like my work.

    Is it too much to ask that you, “Mr. I wanna be a part of the Oakland Raiders” organization, whether you push a broom, or cover slot guys, that you like your job and wanna be there?