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Raiders confirm Branch signing

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 7:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders tied up one loose end heading into training camp by agreeing to terms with franchise free agent strong safety Tyvon Branch to a reported four-year deal worth $17.6 million in guaranteed money and a maximum value of $28 million.

The Raiders confirmed the deal Saturday evening, without referring to terms of the contract, after it had been reported earlier by CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

Had Branch not received a multi-year deal by Monday, he would have played for the approximately $6.2 million figure as a franchise free agent and then faced free agency again next year.

According to Scout.com, citing league sources, Branch gets a $5.6 million signing bonus and will be paid $16.1 million over the first two years of the deal.

Branch’s signing will free up money under a tight salary cap for the Raiders to bring in an additional player or players if desired.

They have yet to announce deals with third-round draft pick Tony Bergstrom, a guard out of Utah, or wide receiver Juron Criner, a wide receiver from Arizona, although the Raiders had room to bring in both players whether Branch signed a multi-year deal or not.

With Branch’s deal netting as much as $4 million in cap savings, speculation will immediately turn to veteran running back Cedric Benson. Although unconfirmed by the club, Benson has been speculated as a heavy-legged successor to the departed Michael Bush.

Benson, 29, has gained 3,429 yards over the last three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, although he has averaged under 4 yards per carry in each of the last two years.

Entering his fifth season out UConn, Branch, who has at team-high 337 tackles over the past three seasons, was much improved in coverage in 2011 after being occasionally victimized in 2009 and 2010.

Should Branch, 25, blossom in the new defensive system as installed by coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, Branch will come at a bargain rate considering what he would have been worth a year from now.

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  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, the Jamison signing is official just like the Certified Platinum Posse reported last week, holla

    Time to get my swerve on with some Bartles & James and a nice phat bowl

    Shout out to 2Pac

  • DJ Johnny

    1287.RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 11:51 am
    We really dont have room for a LB, unless an injury occurs. Or 1 of them just really blows.

    ***

    @DAV

    I know that a bunch of Raider fans are high on Burris, Stupar & Burnett – but they are just rookies

    I’d be surprised if even one of these kids produces in 2012. Gonna have to contribute on special teams

    Heck, the verdict is still out on all 3 starting LB’s!

    plus that slow, injury-proned white guy in his 3rd year out of Arizona State

    We’re seeing less and less rookies standing around learning their craft and being brought along slowly IF they are talented guys.

    I have a feeling a guy like Burris; with his energy and ability will be one that might get in there right away. Especially since our D was so horrible last yr.

    Let’s put it this way- he’s in the right place.

    There have been many rookies who have made big impacts their first yr…in various positions. I don’t anyone thought Von Miller would’ve done what he did his first yr. Then you’ve got guys in the most important position of the team like Cam Newton, Big Ben and now RG3 slated to start right away, along with Luck in Indy.

    It isn’t like Burris is coming in trying to crack the Ravens starting line up.

    I know it’s getting ahead of ourselves to sugggest Burris makes an immediate impact cuz we still have training camp and the preseason etc. but don’t count it out.

  • RaiderRockstar

    There have been many rookies who have made big impacts their first yr…in various positions. I don’t anyone thought Von Miller would’ve done what he did his first yr. Then you’ve got guys in the most important position of the team like Cam Newton, Big Ben and now RG3 slated to start right away, along with Luck in Indy.

    It isn’t like Burris is coming in trying to crack the Ravens starting line up.

    ***

    @DJG

    Von Miller was the 2nd overall pick, Burris went 129th!

    [one of the last picks in the 4th round]

    Luck, Griffin, Roethlisberger & Newton all 1st rounders as well.

    I don’t think that Curry & Wheeler are world-beaters, but I think they’ll have slight edge over a raw player that every team in the league passed up 4 times

  • DJ Johnny

    Rockstar, Good valid points.

    I guess what i’m saying is this Raider D was bad..very bad last yr. and if Burris can prove himself in camp and preseason then I say why not?

    DMoore was a 4th or 5th(?) I believe too.

    Yes, i’m being optimistic but we’ll just have to see how it plays out.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Giordano was picked 134.

  • DJ Johnny

    The Raider D caused so much personal pain and anguish last season that i’d be willing to trot out the entire starting D of Alabama in lieu of having that crew take the field again.

    I’m still ticked.

  • theghostronin79

    Lotta folks passed up on D Moore too. I don’t put a heck of alot of stock in draft “Status” much past the 25th pick or so.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    DJ Johnny Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    The Raider D caused so much personal pain and anguish last season that i’d be willing to trot out the entire starting D of Alabama in lieu of having that crew take the field again.
    ———————————–
    Different scheme, different DC playcaller.

  • RaiderRockstar

    DMoore was a 4th or 5th(?) I believe too.

    Yes, i’m being optimistic but we’ll just have to see how it plays out.

    ***

    @DJG

    I’m not saying it can’t happen. Just stating that it isn’t likely.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo Brahs

    Getting pumped over the 2012 Showtime Roster, wrote a sweet jam about it

    Also included shout outs to Uncle Sam and my incredibly talented ding dong

    Sing this one the next time you’re cleaning out your wife’s plumbing (meaning, the next time you’re inserting your weiner dawg into her va-jay-jay)

    This one’s called “The American Flag is Purple & Gold and My Weiner is Cool”

    Bringing it home, it’s a Lake Show day
    Gotta give my props to the U.S. and A
    Dwight, Nash and Antawn, uh, that’s not too bad
    Now lick my schlong girl and tickle them nads

    FREESTYLIN’ AND PROFILIN’

  • RaiderRockstar

    Giordano was picked 134.

    ***

    @DAV

    that is why he’s been with 4 teams in the past 4 seasons.

    Oddly enough, Al Davis passed on Ron Bartell & Matt Giordano in the 2005 draft – only to select Fabian Washington & Stan Routt with his first two picks

    8 years later, Reggie makes it right!!

    just for laughs, Gio never would have been picked up by Al Davis (even undrafted). he ran a 4.54 forty at the combine!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I would venture to guess that greater than 50% of players drafted after Round 3 never start an NFL game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Same goes with undrafted kids.

    Probably 90% never start an NFL game

  • DJ Johnny

    We can assume if Burris or one of the other rookies start right away that they earned it.

    THAT is a nice departure from having a guy get more time just becuz they’re getting paid alot of $$$.

    I think with Reggie and DA that’s the way they intend it to go down.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • DJ Johnny

    Once again you’ve created another chart buster Dawg.

    Not sure which format it’ll.

    With the patriotic reference they may wanna test it on the Country format.

  • DJ Johnny

    Can’t type today.

  • TxRaider210

    Whut up PM crew? Gettin us some much needed rain here in TX