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Branch talks about new contract, future

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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  • The Big Banana

    Kayla Weaver says ‘you can’t erase history, and you can’t erase a legend. You just can’t.’ Umm…they just did. Go grab a pillow.

  • aig-raiders

    Agreed JFB. Thanks dude.

  • Just Fire Baby

    My point is that 99% of the people in the program and around it did nothing to help the kids, and everything to cover up the program. The 1% who at least TRIED to do something, was red-head. Could he have done more? Of course, and I am sure it kills him inside he didn’t do more.

    But he did SOMETHING, and quite frankly he did enough to where this thing should have been handled in 1998.

    You think he was the only one who happened to see something from Sandusky? In 15+ years, this guy is brazen enough to do ish like that in the shower ON CAMPUS, take kids to bowl games, sleep over at their house or his? Come on!!! McQuerry did more than some of these victims parents did.

  • guest123

    If you cause harm to a child (more stringent than just protecting a child imo), then you are trash.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If you wont protect a child your just trash..

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    @Marks Hair

    on friday you were talking about punching children for being loud in movie theatres, no?

  • The Big Banana

    Paterno’s family – ‘Tearing down the statue does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes’

    Oh? The rest of the nation begs to differ. Excuse us for not wanting a child molestor’s protector memorialized.

  • guest123

    Joe Pa’s statue shouldn’t have been taken down at 3 in the morning. It should have been a live news event on the national news channels. It should have mimicked Saddam H’s statue ceremony, dragged thru the streets and head cut off for posterity. Joe Pa is a villain and the day would be marked as a day to commemorate his downfall.

  • Marks hair

    1953. All are guilty burn down the school

  • guest123

    The beautiful irony of it all is that God somehow allowed Joe Pa to live to see the day of the ruin of his hallowed football program. God must have a wonderful sense of humor to grant Joe Pa an extra year of life.

  • guest123

    Do they melt down the metal for raw material, or do they chop up parts of it and sell it on eBay?

  • RaiderRockstar

    It’s amazing to me that people build these statues and then worship them. it’s like the idiots who used to worship idols in the Biblical days

    pretty soon reality is gonna slap you in the face

  • Marks hair

    I said I wanted to do a backbreaker on someones toddler.. like bain in the batman comic book. But a dark sick sense of humor is ok. Doing bad things is not ok.. As Louie ck says anything bad or wrong is funny..

  • RaiderRockstar

    do they chop up parts of it and sell it on eBay?

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    @G123

    sad truth is, people would buy it!!

    and if you hauled it to the dump, some nutcase would follow the dumptruck and dig it up.

    Better just to melt it imo

  • RaiderRockstar

    As Louie ck says anything bad or wrong is funny..

    ***

    @Marks Hair

    I dont agree with that.

    I like Louie CK though, he is pretty funny (most of the time)

  • The Big Banana

    It won’t go to the dump. Should be made of bronze, which is valuable. Melt it and sell it.

  • aig-raiders

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 9:22 am

    It’s amazing to me that people build these statues and then worship them. it’s like the idiots who used to worship idols in the Biblical days

    pretty soon reality is gonna slap you in the face
    ———–
    Ah the dualities of life….you can add Christians, Muslims and Buddhists to that list as well.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol at Vick. Don’t you normally have to win a SuperBowl before talking of a dynasty? Lol

  • Marks hair

    The paterno family seem like azzholes

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

    “pretty soon reality is gonna slap you in the face”

    Reality is that a statue is real and god is not.

  • Marks hair

    Howard stern said they should add a phone to the staute so the future student can learn to call 911 when they see a rape

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

    “The beautiful irony of it all is that God somehow allowed Joe Pa to live to see the day of the ruin of his hallowed football program. God must have a wonderful sense of humor to grant Joe Pa an extra year of life.”

    That’s great that God was there to punish JoePa but where was he when those kids were being molested? They could have really used gods help at that point don’t you think?

  • jesusraiderjim

    If I am not mistaken the original prosecutor mysteriously disappeared before finishing the investigation on Sandusky. He drove out to the country never to be seen again.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @ non-believers

    ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

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

    Lets get off the religion and Penn State crap here folks.

    RR

    Tell me if we should sign EJ Henderson?

  • guest123

    Ausberry, David
    Barksdale, Joseph
    Barnes, Khalif
    Bartell, Ron
    Bergstrom, Tony
    Bilukidi, Christo
    Branch, Tyvon
    Brisiel, Mike
    Bryant, Desmond
    Burnett, Kaelin
    Burris, Miles
    Carlisle, Cooper
    Chekwa, Chimdi
    Condo, Jon
    Crawford, Jack
    Criner, Juron
    Curry, Aaron
    Ford, Jacoby
    Giordano, Matt
    Goodson, Mike
    Gordon, Richard
    Henry, Aaron
    Heyward-Bey, Darrius
    Houston, Lamarr
    Huff, Michael
    Janikowski, Sebastian
    Jones, Taiwan
    Kelly, Tommy
    Lechler, Shane
    Lee, Pat
    Leinart, Matt
    McClain, Rolando
    McFadden, Darren
    Moore, Denarius
    Murphy, Louis
    Myers, Brandon
    Palmer, Carson
    Parsons, Alex
    Pryor, Terrelle
    Reece, Marcel
    Schmitt, Owen
    Seymour, Richard
    Shaughnessy, Matt
    Spencer, Shawntae
    Streater, Rod
    Stupar, Nathan
    Taylor, Curtis
    Tollefson, David
    Van Dyke, DeMarcus
    Veldheer, Jared
    Wheeler, Philip
    Wisniewski, Stefen

    I’ve got 52 spots, I’ll leave a space for Henderson or Schiancoe. If both, I’ll gladly give up one of the TE’s.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tell me if we should sign EJ Henderson?

    ***

    @silver

    I would certainly bring him in for a visit & physical.

    I don’t think Reggie will actually “sign” anybody unless somebody gets a serious injury or just absolutely sucks in training camp

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

    “@silver

    I would certainly bring him in for a visit & physical.

    I don’t think Reggie will actually “sign” anybody unless somebody gets a serious injury or just absolutely sucks in training camp”

    So you and I are of the same thought that RM is saving his left over cap money in case of injury or he needs a replacement.

  • RaiderRockstar

    So you and I are of the same thought that RM is saving his left over cap money in case of injury or he needs a replacement.

    ***

    yes, it appears that way

    if McClain gets locked up (and/or suspended by the Commish) – there is another reason to sign somebody.

  • guest123

    The $5 mil in cap space is sidebar to the accomplishment of locking up a young talented safety. There’s no rush to spend money right now. It’s apparent that they really don’t have a wish list. It’s too bad though that they didn’t get Branch signed back in March and had the ammo to go after a good right tackle, maybe could have gotten Winston who signed with KC.

  • kokomo

    Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports just tweeted that WR Murphy traded to the Panthers

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Yep. Murph traded.

  • RaiderRockstar

    http://twitter.com/JasonColeYahoo/

    10 minutes ago, wow!!

    thanks kokomo

  • guest123

    Murph traded? Good for him. He’d have struggled to make the team anyway. I see the Panthers are our preffered trade partner to get rid of players. Wonder we got in return? Good luck Murph!

    Maybe now Corkran can break us from the 2000 post count?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    The curse of the #18 for WRs..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Louis Murphy was not happy with the Raiders, wanted out.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What did we get for him?

    Cam has a beast now, lol!!!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Looking like a 4th or 5th round pick in return.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @G123

    we never could have won a bidding war against KC for RT Winston. they had gazillions in cap space!!

    playing with Mike Briesel and under Knapp & Pollack again would have had to be the determining factor for him

  • Just Fire Baby

    Panthers are turning into a team we schlepp our unwanteds off to apparently.

    First Lochness Campbell, now Lou Murph.

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

    “Cam has a beast now, lol!!!”

    Alligator arms not a beast.

  • Just Fire Baby

    4th or 5th rounder?

    So Lou Murph got the same value attached to him as Soup?

    LMAO!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    we got Jonathan Stewart !!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:24 am
    we got Jonathan Stewart !!

    —-

    I wish.

    Id be happy with DeAngelo Williams too.

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

    “we got Jonathan Stewart !!”

    Are you serious?

  • RaiderRockstar

    is Reggie pals with Marty Hurney or something ??

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 am
    is Reggie pals with Marty Hurney or something ??

    —-

    Means theyre happy with Bruce Campbell too..

  • DennisAllensVisor

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

  • RaiderRockstar

    Louis Murphy was not happy with the Raiders, wanted out.

    Looking like a 4th or 5th round pick in return.

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    @DAV

    excellent reporting !!

    is Murph still nursing a hamstring strain ??

  • Intrepid

    Hey, Cork! Why 2K?

  • guest123

    we never could have won a bidding war against KC for RT Winston. they had gazillions in cap space!!

    playing with Mike Briesel and under Knapp & Pollack again would have had to be the determining factor for him

    ******

    @RRS,

    If I remember correctly, the Texans were in serious trouble with their cap after re-signing Arian Foster. They ended up cutting Winston, just to re-sign their starting center Myers. Myers was on the free agency market for 3 days and we could have gotten him too. The entire Houston OL seemed like it was for sale for awhile.