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.