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Report: Raiders sign SS Branch long-term

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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  • Raiders for life

    This Benson/Goodson saga makes me wonder if the Raiders are going to pick up a big back in next years draft.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    101.Raiders for life Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    This Benson/Goodson saga makes me wonder if the Raiders are going to pick up a big back in next years draft.

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    All depends on DMAC and his performance on the field and if he can be injury free.

  • Thec

    mccheese does not have the insticts to play mike no matter how smart he is, or claimed to be on this blog.

  • Thec

    “Rolando is the fastest LB for his size that he’s ever seen”.
    Hopefully #55 is 100% and decides to grow up.

    +++++++++++

    Too bad he does not have the heart to play MLB at the NFL level…

  • Thec

    I will hold out a glimer of hope for mccheese that Young General PATTON will put a boot up hiz azz, and get some productivity out of him. We will know by week 3

  • xraided

    there are better options than Rol out there as of right now … hopefully he proves us wrong because we need it. if Goethel can stay healthy, i’ll put money on it that he’ll outplay Rol while he serves his suspension.

  • Thec

    DMAC is going to rip D’s for the NATION. He will have his best year as a RB, and play in all 16 games this year…

    So let it be wrtten, so let it be done.

  • xraided

    Thec

    it is year 3 … we have to give him the benefit of one more year like we did with the other 1st rounders that have now shown up. here’s hopin!

  • Raiders for life

    Thec

    Hope you’re right about DMAC. If that happens the RAIDERS could be golden at that position for the next 4-5 yrs.

  • Thec

    xraided, ok Brother… Here is hoping that Patton can get this guy going.

  • Raiders for life

    I will hold out a glimer of hope for mccheese that Young General PATTON will put a boot up hiz azz, and get some productivity out of him. We will know by week 3

    ##########################

    And hopefully Nappy puts the fear of God in him. Or double biatch slaps him. Whatever works!

  • xraided

    Patton is a beast. he’s definitely the x-factor here in this situation.

  • Thec

    And hopefully Nappy puts the fear of God in him. Or double biatch slaps him. Whatever works!

    +++++++++++
    Yeah, I am for coaches choking out players….If they can.lol

  • Thec

    xraided Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Patton is a beast. he’s definitely the x-factor here in this situation.

    ++++++++++++

    Truth

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I just can’t believe Nick Saban was totally wrong about McClain. And his college career was a mirage.

    Give him a chance to play in a “Real NFL Defense”

  • arkraider

    Ok, I don’t like the penalties or the punching of players, but to compare Seymour punching Raplesburger to Tyson biting the ear…… Wow really?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Richard Seymour turned Tommy Kelly into a beast.

  • Thec

    KoolKell Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    I just can’t believe Nick Saban was totally wrong about McClain. And his college career was a mirage.

    Give him a chance to play in a “Real NFL Defense”

    ++++++++++
    Saban had him playing in his proper position as saban runs a 3-4… mccheese is an ilb, not a mlb in a 4-3.

    I am intrigued about him playing for Patton so he gets until week 3.

  • xraided

    and SHO-nasty … and he will continue to with guys like Crawford.

  • Thec

    SHO-nasty

    +++++++++==

    The true X-Factor of the D…

  • xraided

    yessir!

    and i bet DA and Tarver will realize he’s best suited in a 3-4 as well… and run it more often with TK at NT(DA likes the idea) … don’t know if it’ll be effective or not… but that’s the point. we aren’t chained to one kind of defense anymore!

  • xraided

    yes he is. F Wimbley. we can be top 5 in sacks without that overpaid one trick pony.. FO SHO-NASTY will have 12+ sacks by himself if he plays in all 16 games. TK Rich SHO .. whoever else wants to pitch in (Tollefson, Wheeler, Houston, Burris, Crawford, etc) will be icing on the cake for us!

  • Thec

    ALL you guys have a great weekend…

    Raider NATION is its own country

  • RaiderRockstar

    The deal is worth $26.6 million, $17.1 of which is guaranteed, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reported.

    ***

    2008 offseason, Al Davis signed Gibril Wilson to a 6-year $39 million contract

    4 years later, Reggie McKenzie gives a SS with the same skill set the same pay annually ($6.5 million)

    history repeats itself. hopefully Branch isn’t a complete flop and gets axed next offseason!!

    you know he’ll have a bunch of tackles…

  • xraided

    you too thanks for the drop in Thec! always a pleasure

  • xraided

    RR,

    glad you’re here to drop some knowledge down my friend.

    Wilson was a HUGE bust …

    this contract is so much better. BigMac is truly living up to the hype with these signings. Branch could very well be a huge steal if his league rating for SS’s holds true. the prospect of him being in better position to makes plays is very intriguing. it’s hard to imagine him being a bust at this point.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Actually, Gibril Wilson only got $16 million guaranteed.

    Tyvon gets $17.1 guaranteed , must have a good agent to sucker our rookie GM out of an extra $1.1 mil

    inflation??

  • xraided

    oh wow okay. well still, Wilson couldn’t cover to save his life. Branch has the ability to shut down elite TE’s in the NFL to add to his solid run support year in and year out.

  • xraided

    and yes RR inflation… lmao

  • xraided

    smart money says Branch will have the benefit of coaches that’ll find his sweet spot versus the “old ways”

  • RaiderRockstar

    Weddle & Huff are making $8 mil per season. Griffin in TN got $7 mil per season with the deal he signed last month.

    glad BigMac didn’t feel Branch’s value was up there with these cats – but Reggie must feel confident #33 will be an impact player under Allen/Tarver

    I hope that is the case, but I remain unconvinced due to his coverage ability and lack of plays made up to this point. fingers crossed

  • Raiders for life

    Branch will be fine. Along with Huffy and Gio.
    MM34 is the Question mark. I like his size and hitting abilities but those hits are rare.
    I’m hoping this Arron Henry dude pans out. I watched his highlights on Youtube, seems like every tackle he made he went for the legs and not upper body. No big hits but pretty effective.

  • xraided

    yea well, he had certain strides last year in coverage, despite being hindered … that’s what gives me hope.

    BigMac knows the worth of players like him over a SS like Griffin.

    i do believe the raitings for Branch throughout the league are pretty spot on.

    i’m confident that another team would have paid more for his services had Michael Bush gotten the tag instead of him.

  • xraided

    *made certain strides

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Packers weren’t known to throw money away.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Enjoy your 23rd, Slow.

    Unless you pull your head out of your sphincter…

    By 26, you’ll be out of the league.

    By 30, you’ll be dead or in jail.

    Jogging, whiffing, deserting the team to play gangsta, sorry ass fool.

    Best wishes from a Raider fan.

  • xraided

    correct. they use the money on their own players they draft. worked out well for them.

  • TxRaider210

    Goldie7 Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 10:24 am
    Goldie7 Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Phenomenal News! We’ve got our guy for a long time! Thanks for the update Cork! Now if we can find a solution for Martian head Manning…I’ll like my chances. Just saying.
    —————–
    Burris and Bartell could end up being Manning’s worst nightmare imo
    ************************************************
    Sorry about the delay Tx…I had to step away from my computer. Anyway, I hope Burris and Bartell end up being Martian head worst nightmare. I’m not sold just yet. I hope we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves. Who knows? I like your confidence, Man.
    —————–
    It’s all good, I just went to see Savages at the movies..decent flick, just a bit too Hollywood for my taste. I’ve been sold on Bartell and have a gut feeling that Burris will be the defensive star at LB when given the chance. We do know the Ravens were high on him as well..

  • RaiderRockstar

    how much cap space did Reggie clear with this move??

    and what players should we bring in for training camp?

    TE Shaincoe, RB Benson, MLB Brooking
    TE Shockey, RB Grant, MLB Henderson

    CB Andre Goodman still available??

    still need to get Bergs & Criner inked to rookie deals as well

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I can just imagine the frustration of players having to play for Chuck Bresnahan and that outdated, predictable defense.

    Even Green QB’s read that thing like a see spot run reader.

  • xraided

    yea. as evidenced by the almost comebacks of Ponder and Hanne in CHI…

  • RaiderRockstar

    is Terrell Owens a Raider yet??

  • xraided

    RR,

    i believe somewhere in the range of 3 mill i bet.

    any bombo of those players showing up would be nice.

    but, i thought Goodman got gobbled up by someone… could be wrong.

  • xraided

    *combo

  • Raiders for life

    how much cap space did Reggie clear with this move??

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    I read awhile back that if Branch signed a long term deal it could free up to 5mil in cap space. I think the Raiders were under by about 1mil already. Not sure though.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can just imagine the frustration of players having to play for Chuck Bresnahan and that outdated, predictable defense.

    ***

    Chuck B made Ty Branch!

    he was pathetic as a 2 year starter for John Marshall

    of course, TB was in a contract year too.

    if not for the Chuckster, Branch would have been re-signed months ago @ vet minimum

  • Mr Green

    KoolKell Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    I can just imagine the frustration of players having to play for Chuck Bresnahan and that outdated, predictable defense.

    Even Green QB’s read that thing like a see spot run reader.
    *******************************************************

    Players playing frustrated for Chucky B? What about the frustration of the fans fans who had to watch that nightmare horse manure? At least the players got paid for it. The fans had to pay for it too. :???:

  • RaiderRockstar

    i thought Goodman got gobbled up by someone… could be wrong.

    ***

    he visited the Titans back in May, but never signed a contract

    still a FA. 33 years old though

  • Mr Green

    :mrgreen: Code Raidah Baby!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have had 3 Head Coaches since 1989.

    The New England Saints have had 5 Head Coaches since 1989.

    The Green Bay Packers have had 5 Head Coaches since 1989.

    The Raiders have had 12.