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Report: Raiders sign SS Branch long-term

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 9:06 am in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders and strong safety Tyvon Branch reached agreement on a four-year contract Saturday, according to a CBS Sports report.
Neither the Raiders nor Branch’s side are commenting on the situation. In recent weeks, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie acknowledged that both sides were talking about the prospect of hammering out a multi-year contract.
Branch signed his one-year tender as the team’s franchise tag player. That guaranteed him $6.2 million for 2012. The new deal reportedly is worth as much as $26.6 million, with more than $17 million guaranteed.
A long-term contract would supersede the one-year tag deal and give the Raiders the ability to free up some salary cap room, which could come in handy if there’s a need to add players between now and the start of the regular season.
Branch, 25, has started all 48 regular-season games the past three seasons. He has spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Raiders.

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  • TxRaider210

    Who came up with Operation Neck-Snapper?lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Who knows if Manning will be the same quick getting rid of the ball with new team/personnel. It takes exp by receivers, too.

  • TxRaider210

    Manning aint ready for Branch, Burris or Bartell, has no clue of what he may see.

  • Raiders for life

    JB…

    I don’t know. I remember reading on this blog that RB’s are a dime a dozen, and let Bush walk. Seems that the Raiders might be struggling a bit with that back up RB. Rumors of Benson can’t be good for Goodson’s moral. Bush had almost 1,000 yrds.
    Anyways….that’s why I made a comment earlier that I wonder if the Raiders look for a big RB in next years draft.
    T. Jones is fast but how durable is he? He missed how many games last season?
    I really hope Goodson works out. Time will tell.

  • J Hill

    I see us as the hands down #1 team in the division if everyone is healthy.

    KC’s defense will be legit, but Matt Cassell isn’t taking a team anywhere.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    KoolKell Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Who knows if Manning will be the same quick getting rid of the ball with new team/personnel.
    ========================================

    The guy has been playing that way for the last 15 years. Why change now?

  • Twocents

    The Raiders will win the AFC west. The eastern elites will be crpping their pants. The Nation will rise and overthrow the ruling class.
    God help me but I love it so!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Twocents Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    The Raiders will win the AFC west. The eastern elites will be crpping their pants. The Nation will rise and overthrow the ruling class.
    God help me but I love it so!
    ====================================

    I love it, especially the part about the ruling class being toppled…

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think it will be the Donks and us.

    Forget Manning and all that, Von Miller is the best player in the division, and might go for 20 sacks this season.

  • J Hill

    Are defenses going to focus on stopping McFadden and play our WRs 1 on 1?

    Or will McFadden get to run against 6 man fronts?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think the best way to stop us is attack the backfield, try to stop Darren before he gets started and sacrifice back-end help for front-end pressure.

    You aren’t trotting 6 man fronts against a vet QB like Palmer, he will dissect you at the LOS.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And before anyone goes crazy on my Von Miller thing, they asked PLAYERS AND OWNERS in SI what NFL player would you start your team with today.

    Aaron Rodgers was first, then I think Brees and Brady; Megatron was the top non-QB.

    Highest ranked defensive player?

    Von Miller.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Oxymoron = Microsoft Works.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I think the best way to stop us is attack the backfield, try to stop Darren before he gets started and sacrifice back-end help for front-end pressure.

    You aren’t trotting 6 man fronts against a vet QB like Palmer, he will dissect you at the LOS.
    ————–
    Here comes play-action.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Here comes play-action.

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

    That’s the eternal chess-game.

    My view is, until proven otherwise, teams will rather take Darren and the 7 step drops out of our arsenal and roll the dice on our WR’s in the shorter passing game.

    Good to have options at least, for the first time in awhile.

    Before teams could take out one key component of our offense and watch Soup, Bruce and Jamarcus flail around.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Bruce flail around?………….naw.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    In all my years of following the Raiders, I’ve never seen a Raider QB no huddle and improvise at the LOS like Palmer did last year.

    Hue Jackson.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

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  • J Hill

    Could you clarify “attack the backfield”?

  • J Hill

    Warrior youngsters look good.

    Definitely a playoff team.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The thing is,,that the Raiders had a good o-line last year, probably better this year.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    hopefully bartell and spencer prove me wrong…,,

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  • JB

    KoolKell Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    The thing is,,that the Raiders had a good o-line last year, probably better this year.
    ****************************

    IMO, no contest. The 2012 O-line will be much stronger. Getting rid of the weak middle, Satele & Carlisle, and replacing them with Wiz 2.0 & Brisel can be nothing but an upgrade. I don’t believe Carlisle will end up starting at OLG. Either Bergstrom, Barksdale, Wang, Hurd or some other newbie will be taking that spot solidifying that O-line as one of the biggest, strongest & most efficient lines in the NFL. They will serve DMac & CP well. Top 5 offense this year.

  • blackandsilverside

    JB Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    The thing is,,that the Raiders had a good o-line last year, probably better this year.
    ****************************

    IMO, no contest. The 2012 O-line will be much stronger. Getting rid of the weak middle, Satele & Carlisle, and replacing them with Wiz 2.0 & Brisel can be nothing but an upgrade. I don’t believe Carlisle will end up starting at OLG. Either Bergstrom, Barksdale, Wang, Hurd or some other newbie will be taking that spot solidifying that O-line as one of the biggest, strongest & most efficient lines in the NFL. They will serve DMac & CP well. Top 5 offense this year.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I agree with you JB. It seems that Reggie has done as much as he possibly can to make the “O” superlative next season. I was surprised he took such action to place the biggest and best youngsters there. He has demonstrated that he wants to cement that line for years to come.

    The line may just make the top 5.

  • blackandsilverside

    And btw, such an “O” line will be amenable to any back the Raiders may acquire. DMAC worshippers take notice: DMAC is going down on or before game 8 for the season and will never wear a Raider’s uniform again.

    DMAC is too injury prone and fragile for Reggie. More importantly the “worshippers” miss the fact DMAC has averaged only 40 yds rushing against first tier, playoff bound teams. Just because he runs right over the lowest of the low, means little in the long run. DMAC has never had a superlative game against a #1 team.

    A great player has to be a play maker against the best teams, not only the worst. Plus Mcfadden can’t catch well.

    Compare DMAC to Adrian Peterson or or Arian Foster. They are in a much higher category than DMAC because they have run right over the best defenses of the best teams in football.

    Sorry, to throw cold water on ya, worshippers, but those are the facts. Anyway, you guys remind of JC worshippers who claim JC was the re-incarnation of Jim Plunkett.

    Fiddlesticks !!!

  • TxRaider210

    I’m officially awarding the off-season C’mon Man award to Dungver’s D.J. Williams. Not only did his urine come back as non-human(aka synthetic piss) once, but it came back the same the 2nd time around. Oh yeah, and on the 3rd attempt, a worker noticed a container fall from his waist-band. Ey D.J., C’mon Man!!lol

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