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Raiders confirm Branch signing

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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  • RaiderRockstar

    So in our 3-4 formations, will we use TK or Ivey at NT?

    ***

    according to Dennis Allen, Kelly

    but he just said that TK could do it, not that he would. and the staff also seems impressed with Ivey

    I think the staff needs to see how both guys play with the pads on in training camp & preseason before making that determination.

    I’d like to see what undrafted rookie Dom Hamilton outta Podunk U can do!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Sixers coach Collins: Kwame Brown is our starting center

    Jeremy Lin: “Honestly, I preferred New York”

    ***

    LOL!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Frontrunners for free agent center Darko Milicic are Boston, Brooklyn and LA Clippers

    Rajon Rondo: “ I think I’m the best point guard in the league”

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Frontrunners for free agent center Darko Milicic are Boston, Brooklyn and LA Clippers

    Rajon Rondo: “ I think I’m the best point guard in the league”

    —-

    Bulls & Heat in on Darko too.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I wouldn’t bet the house on Howard in purple and gold. Or even $5.

    Bynum and his agent, David Lee, are scheduled to return from an Alaskan fishing vacation Wednesday.

    -Kurt Helin (PBT)

    ***

    Sorry Beeech Dawg !!

  • TxRaider210

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    So in our 3-4 formations, will we use TK or Ivey at NT?

    ***

    according to Dennis Allen, Kelly

    but he just said that TK could do it, not that he would. and the staff also seems impressed with Ivey

    I think the staff needs to see how both guys play with the pads on in training camp & preseason before making that determination.

    I’d like to see what undrafted rookie Dom Hamilton outta Podunk U can do!!

    ————
    Only time will tell who wins the job..exciting times for the new Raiders.

  • RaiderRockstar

    E.J. Henderson says he’s 100 percent healthy and wants to play

    Posted by Josh Alper on July 18, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Cedric Benson isn’t the only veteran with extensive starting experience looking for work as the start of training camp draws closer.

    Linebacker E.J. Henderson started 105 games for the Vikings over the last nine years, including 14 last year, but the team was content to let him go as a free agent. The team never said never about bringing him back, but Jasper Brinkley’s installed at middle linebacker. Lingering questions about knee and leg injuries and the fact that Henderson’s best suited to a role on the first two downs likely contributed to that decision and to the league’s indifference toward him this offseason.

    Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500.c0m reports that Henderson’s stepping up his efforts to find work. Henderson is “circulating word” that he’s 100 percent healthy and ready to get back on the field. Pelissero writes that it is unclear if Henderson would accept a one-year deal near the minimum — his salary last year was $4.7 million — but, like Benson, he probably doesn’t have much of a choice if he wants to keep playing.

    Henderson’s limitations in regard to playing in passing situations restrict the number of landing spots for him, although Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com mentions him as a possible beneficiary of the cap space provided by signing Tyvon Branch to a new deal. Benson also gets mentioned as a possibility for the Raiders, which just underscores how few established players looking to keep playing are still unemployed at this point in time.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo just spent the AM humping a few beach volleyball ho’s bareback

    Whenever these dirty Brazilians are in town they crash at the Beeeech Pad and take a few amazing rides on the Beeech Lawg

    Gonna wash my ding dong off with a few margaritas, only guaranteed way to kill any bacteria, holla

    Then it’s time to continue the “Dwight Is Right” (patent pending) party – get it, he’s “right” in coming to the Lake Show, represent

    Smoking a bowl and eating a cinnamon roll

    THAT’S HOW THEM BIG DAWGS BARK, MEOW

  • RaiderRockstar

    2012 NFL Minimum Base Salary by Years Accrued*

    *not include signing bonuses, roster bonuses or any other LTBE (likely to be earned) incentives

    Years Accrued : Salary

    Rookie : $390,000
    1 : $465,000
    2 : $540,000
    3 – $615,000
    4-6 : $700,000
    7-9 : $825,000
    10+ : $925,000

    All base salaries will subsequently rise $15,000 annually through 2014.

  • RaiderRockstar

    the vet minimum for Benson & Henderson is 825k each.

    Reggie should making both players a standing offer of one-year $1 million and see what happens

    if 1 of our players get hurt, increase the offer to $1.5 million

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    The bonuses are the only guaranteed money, Rockstar. Players rarely ever end up getting the majority of their base salary.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    At least in the NFL, and I believe the NBA as well.

    MLB I think is the only sport where the player gets every dime they sign for. Weird how there isn’t as much fan resentment toward that, no matter how bloated the salary. Meanwhile, just outrage over NFL and NBA players regarding money most of them will never get. Weird.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    NBA contracts are fully guaranteed.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Sully

    I thought the base salary was guaranteed if they are on the roster past Week 1 of the regular season ??

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    DJ Sully Fresh where have you been and why has the FBI not called me yet?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    @Sully

    I thought the base salary was guaranteed if they are on the roster past Week 1 of the regular season ??

    —-

    If they are on the roster DURING week 1.

    Thats why vets are cut right before the season starts, then brought back after the first game..

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    I hope Reggie and Mark are just focused on a couple of winning seasons, something we haven’t seen in over a decade, and perhaps our first Lombardi trophy in 30 years, not finding ways to screw players.

  • guest123

    Henderson won’t play for a measly mil. But I agree that Reggie needs to dangle an offer to him and go from there.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    A single season salary would be guaranteed, I believe. But not the full contract. Right? correct me if I’m wrong. Baseball, every dime they sign for, they get. Period. Doesn’t matter if they get hurt the first game and never play again.

  • kokomo

    Raiders seem to have done a great job with season ticket sales. They have released a graphic and a lot of the sections are sold out.. Mount Davis is completely sold out. I got my season tickets and can’t wait for the season to start and it appears we might be headed for another full season sell out.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If they are on the roster DURING week 1.

    Thats why vets are cut right before the season starts, then brought back after the first game..

    ***

    @DAV

    remember Yamon Figurs making the final 53 and Raider fans were pissed? then he fumbled a return or two in Week 1 and the team cut him ??

    Does that mean we paid him a year’s salary, DAV?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Henderson won’t play for a measly mil.

    ***

    @G123

    thats more than Goethel & Stupar are making. It’s more than the vet minimum, too.

    what is the UFL offering?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    If they are on the roster DURING week 1.

    Thats why vets are cut right before the season starts, then brought back after the first game..

    ***

    @DAV

    remember Yamon Figurs making the final 53 and Raider fans were pissed? then he fumbled a return or two in Week 1 and the team cut him ??

    Does that mean we paid him a year’s salary, DAV?

    —-

    I believe its for vets with a certain # of years played.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lets be clear, the days of Benson & Henderson making $3 million + per season are long gone. This is a young man’s game

  • RaiderRockstar
  • guest123

    Lets be clear, the days of Benson & Henderson making $3 million + per season are long gone. This is a young man’s game

    *********

    Benson’s not worth $300K. He sucks. Next stop UFL

    Please don’t put Benson and Henderson in the same sentence.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    RR as soon as Dwight’s presser is over you’re invited to the Beeeech Pad for his Welcome to Showtime Pajama Jammy Jam

    Tell your wife I won’t let you near any of my shorties in the jacuzzi, but you’ll be expected to keep the PARTYDUDE 8000 well oiled

    I’ll be testing out a some experimental new lube on my wee-wee while I hump hos on the beanbags

    Supposed to not only protect against crabs, but will give me an extra 1.5 ft on my pop shot

    FIZZLE

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    Lets be clear, the days of Benson & Henderson making $3 million + per season are long gone. This is a young man’s game

    *********

    Benson’s not worth $300K. He sucks. Next stop UFL

    Please don’t put Benson and Henderson in the same sentence.

    —-

    You just did yourself.. HYPOCRITE!! :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: When we hear about guaranteed money in NFL contracts, is that money paid up front in a lump sum or is it spread out over the length of the contract? Assuming that it is spread out, if a player is cut or traded, does whatever remains of that guaranteed money get paid in a lump sum or in installments?

    A: You touch on an important distinction about NFL contracts.

    A player’s base salary is usually not guaranteed. The player only makes that money if he’s on a team’s roster for that particular season.

    When you see a player sign a five-year or six-year deal, the base salaries are routinely included when the total amount of the deal is discussed. However, unless the player is actually on the roster to start the regular season in that particular year he doesn’t get that money unless it’s been specifically dealt with in the language of the contract.

    And that’s rare for a team to guarantee somebody’s base salary over the long term.

    Now, if a player is a vested player under the current labor deal (this is the last year of that) – that’s a player with four accrued seasons of service time – their base salaries are guaranteed if they are on a team’s roster for the first game of regular season.

    So that’s why you often see older players released the week before the season’s first game and then resigned the next week. Then their base salaries are not guaranteed and they are paid only for the weeks they are on the roster if that’s one or the remaining 15 games.

    Players are also paid their base salaries, again unless it has been specifically dealt with in the language of the deal, if they get injured and spend the season on injured reserve. There have been split contracts for younger players at times when those guys have earned less than their scheduled base salary if they had to spend the season on injured reserve.

    But guaranteed money, usually in the form of a signing bonus, can be paid out a lot of ways. Sometimes it’s a lump sum, player gets it as soon as he signs the deal.

    Or sometimes the team and player will agree to split the payments up over the first two years of the deal and some players have also had money deferred for later years, but there were plenty of rules about that when the salary cap was in place.

    And those are some of the many elements the league and the players union have to hash through as they try to construct a new labor deal, all of those details about how contracts can be constructed.

    -Jeff Legwold (08/09/2010)

  • DennisAllensVisor

    “Now, if a player is a vested player under the current labor deal (this is the last year of that) – that’s a player with four accrued seasons of service time – their base salaries are guaranteed if they are on a team’s roster for the first game of regular season.”

  • RaiderRockstar

    2010 was Yamon’s 4th NFL season, so I guess we didn’t have to pay him …

    speaking of, he just got cut by the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL last month, LOL!

  • The Big Banana

    Kokomo Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    Raiders seem to have done a great job with season ticket sales. They have released a graphic and a lot of the sections are sold out.. Mount Davis is completely sold out. I got my season tickets and can’t wait for the season to start and it appears we might be headed for another full season sell out.

    ————–

    Interesting graphic. You can see everything that’s available. Well, already have my season tix, so this is good news. Bring on the season!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I propose a new squad be allowed for every team.

    The opposite of the Practice Sqaud.

    Call it the Geezer squad.

    Every team has a 4 man roster of players 32+ of age.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I propose a new squad be allowed for every team.

    The opposite of the Practice Sqaud.

    Call it the Geezer squad.

    Every team has a 4 man roster of players 32+ of age.

    ***

    yeah, DAV

    then we can FINALLY re-sign Jeff George!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    700k to re-sign Johnnie Lee Higgins, Reggie!!

    do it, thats chump change. peanuts I say !!

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Marks hair Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 7:35 am
    Dez bryant sounds like a really great son..
    ———————-
    yeah a real gem lol

  • guest123

    700K is chump change? Man I feel so poor. You high rollers.

    SMH

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    I propose a new squad be allowed for every team.

    The opposite of the Practice Sqaud.

    Call it the Geezer squad.

    Every team has a 4 man roster of players 32+ of age.

    ***

    yeah, DAV

    then we can FINALLY re-sign Jeff George!!
    —————————–
    Bring back Terry Mcdaniel!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bring back Terry Mcdaniel!

    ***

    LOL @ HB

    Heck, I might settle for Tory James

  • Los mal ojos

    Plunkett and Grad as #2 would have been better than than anything I’ve seen since ’02. But we got a new gunslinger now, and I’ve been dying for one since Plunk.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Any of you nerds know how to clean va-jay-jay stains out of a waterbed?

  • Los mal ojos

    Actualy, Kerry Collins was kind of a gunslinger and was somewhat of a highlight during the dark years.

  • raidertbone

    Bring back Ronald Curry and Lamont Jordan!

  • Los mal ojos

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Any of you nerds know how to clean va-jay-jay stains out of a waterbed?
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Drain the waterbed, take it outside and place it on a sloping piece of your property, refill the waterbed and watch it roll down the hill mowing down all shrubs and small trees in its path until its inglorious end slamming into a late model buick, or whatever ultimately stops your homemade tank.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    USDA says 39 more counties are drought disaster areas
    The USDA has designated 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat, CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports.

    During the 2012 crop year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 1,297 counties across 29 states as disaster areas, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

    Worst drought since ’50s may cost us all

    The U.S. is facing the largest drought since the 1950s, the National Climatic Data Center reported Monday, saying that about 55% of the country was in at least moderate short-term drought in June for the first time since December 1956, when 58% of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought.

    The hot, dry weather in June, which ranked as the third-driest month nationally in at least 118 years, according to the center, made the problem worse.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Great to see the old goat is still ONLY talking Raider football, like he promised

    Sad, sad old fool

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    KoolKell Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    USDA says 39 more counties are drought disaster areas
    The USDA has designated 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat, CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports.

    During the 2012 crop year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 1,297 counties across 29 states as disaster areas, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

    Worst drought since ’50s may cost us all

    The U.S. is facing the largest drought since the 1950s, the National Climatic Data Center reported Monday, saying that about 55% of the country was in at least moderate short-term drought in June for the first time since December 1956, when 58% of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought.

    The hot, dry weather in June, which ranked as the third-driest month nationally in at least 118 years, according to the center, made the problem worse.

  • Los mal ojos

    kk, your thoughts on the astroid mining venture.

  • Los mal ojos

    Not flippant, serious question.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Los Mal Ojos Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    kk, your thoughts on the astroid mining venture.
    ——————————-
    I’m unaware of such venture, your thoughts. Lol.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    LMO, you better hurry and provide KrappyRat a link or he’ll soil himself in frustration

    Just keeping it real