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Branch talks about new contract, future

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 2:41 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders guaranteed strong safety Tyvon Branch more than $17.1 million by converting his contract from a one-year deal to a four-year pact. On Wednesday, Branch said his peace of mind was just as important as the money.
“It gives you that (comfort) that you’re going to be around for the next couple of years,” Branch said in a conference call. “It definitely gives you a little more peace of mind. It’s just one of those things that you don’t have to worry about anymore. You know where you’re going to be.”
The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Branch early in the offseason. That guaranteed Branch slightly more than $6.2 million, or the average salary of the five highest-paid safeties last season.
That changed Saturday when the Raiders offered Branch a four-year contract, which he accepted and signed.
The transaction freed the Raiders from allotting the $6.2 million for this season’s salary cap and helped them clear almost $4 million in cap room.
Branch has started all 48 regular-season games the past three seasons. He performed at a Pro Bowl-caliber level last season, by some accounts. Even so, he said, he still hasn’t reached his potential.
“The sky’s the limit, as long as you work hard, put forth the effort and you want to become great,” Branch said. “The sky’s the limit. I’m just going to keep working and, hopefully, improve my game.”
Ultimately, Branch said, he is more concerned about helping the Raiders reach the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.
“I don’t really have any personal goals,” Branch said. “I just want to win. Whatever it takes to win, I’m all about winning. That’s the most important thing; whatever it’s going to take for us to get in the big dance. We want to be a part of the tournament this year, get into the playoffs.”
In other news, the Raiders still haven’t signed rookies Tony Bergstrom and Juron Criner. Those are at the forefront of general manager Reggie McKenzie’s to-do list now that he has finalized Branch’s contract.
McKenzie likely won’t have any difficulty wrapping up deals for Bergstrom and Criner. He certainly should have both contracts finished in time for the start of training camp July 29.

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  • DennisAllensVisor

    2K

  • guest123

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Looking like a 4th or 5th round pick in return.

    *******
    link?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:32 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Looking like a 4th or 5th round pick in return.

    *******
    link?

    —-

    Impossible. Im at work.

  • guest123

    Ok, then. Can you at least name a source for us to look up?

  • Just Fire Baby

    is Murph still nursing a hamstring strain ??

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

    LOL

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:34 am
    Ok, then. Can you at least name a source for us to look up?

    —-

    ‘DennisAllensVisor’

  • guest123

    Murph can nurse whatever he wants now. Really not my concern anymore.

  • The Big Banana

    Kokomo Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:16 am
    Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports just tweeted that WR Murphy traded to the Panthers

    ———

    Excellent work, Kokomo! Thank you.

    Look at Big Mac wheelin and a dealin. The Big Banana approves.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Him wanting out decreases our value for a return though… so..

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

    According to PFT we do NOT know what we are getting in return yet.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @G123

    DAV’s source isn’t Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports (on twitter)

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Over/Under on Murphy scoring against us on Dec 23rd?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 am
    @G123

    DAV’s source isn’t Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports (on twitter)

    —-

    :)

    League of Shadows.

  • TxRaider210

    Pro sports daily has a link on the Murphy trade. Would Reg really release Murphy that quick, for a draft pick, if he wasn’t certain that he is still injured?

  • RaiderRockstar

    In March, the Panthers sent running back Mike Goodson to the Raiders in exchange for offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, swapping a fast return man with bad hands for a talented tackle who was miscast at guard.

    -Darin Gantt (PFT)

    ***

    thoughts, G123 ??

  • RaiderRockstar

    Goodson = fast return man with bad hands

    already printed

  • RaiderRockstar

    Duke Calhoun just inched his way closer to making the team.

    ***

    no love for Rod Streater ??

  • guest123

    Great news to get something of value at all for Murphy. I realisitically didn’t think anyone would give us a 7th rounder in return for him, being that his career track has gone to pot and he’s a gimp.

    I’ve taken fire from all sides for claiming we should dump him, and I was shocked there were so many LM apologists. Now that we have turned the corner…wonder what they will say now.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would place Lou’s trade value as somewhere between a 2013 6th rounder or a 2014 5th rounder.

    The Reggie’s probably trying to get Carolina for one last body-blow, and maybe trying to get a veteran DB type on the backend or something.

  • guest123

    thoughts, G123 ??

    **********

    Panthers and Raiders like each other’s yard sales

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:43 am
    Duke Calhoun just inched his way closer to making the team.

    ***

    no love for Rod Streater ??

    —-

    Already made it.

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

    I think we will see a few more of these kinds of moves once camp gets started.

    Players like Murphy may not be on the same page as everyone or work as hard as they should maybe RM felt like he was dead weight and wanted him gone. I myself am curious to see who else goes before the season starts.

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

    Who does big Reg know in the Carolina front office?
    2 trades with the same team in the same year is rare.

    I liked murph, but there is no room for him on our roster.
    He can get 50 catches easily in Carolina if he stays healthy.

    He had a good attitude, best of luck to Louis Viagra.

    BTW, The only thing that sucks about this trade is I used tell everone my old Randy Moss jersey was really a Louis Murphy jersey after I ripped Moss’s name off. lol

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

    How long before Cork is on this? over/under

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!!

  • The Big Banana

    Great example of how crappy bleacher report is…all other sources saying Raiders were deep at position with exception of bleacher report, which is saying we’re NOT deep at WR.

  • TxRaider210

    Either RM knows Murph is hurt, or that he’s fine. If he’s hurt, maybe we get a draft pick..if he’s fine, I think RM gets a body from them who can help now.