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Breaking news: Raiders restructure Branch’s contract

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders freed up $5 million or so in salary cap room by restructuring the contract of starting strong safety Tyvon Branch on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Raiders reduced Branch’s base salary from $6 million to $715,000 for 2013. In exchange, the Raiders tacked on two seasons to the four-year contract Branch signed last season.
Branch still is in line to earn $6 million in 2013, in large part because of a $3.5 million roster bonus the Raiders honored. The saving comes in the form of reducing Branch’s cap figure from $10.9 million to approximately $6 million.
Branch’s salaries for 2014 and 2015 remain unchanged. However, he now is slated to earn $6.5 million in 2016 and ’17.
Branch was the Raiders franchise-tag player last season. The long-term contract he ultimately signed superseded the franchise-tag designation and ensured the Raiders keeping Branch in the fold for the next several seasons.
The Raiders now are more than $6 million under the cap, giving them some much-needed ammunition to re-sign some of their own prospective free agents, as well as some from other teams that are about to hit the open market Tuesday.
Earlier this week, the Raiders freed up more than $2 million by restructuring the contract of right guard Mike Brisiel.
Several other players are being targeted for restructured deals, as well, including quarterback Carson Palmer, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, free safety Michael Huff and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Here are a few posts from the day of the draft last season where I plainly called out RM for not drafting a DB….

    I was the only one on this entire BLOG that day who didn’t have his head up his azz.

    This season….RM will again prove that this job is beyond his expertise….

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    In order to get to the playoffs we are most likely going to need to win our division.

    To win our division we are going to need to beat the Chargers, Chiefs, and Broncos.

    The Chargers Chiefs and Broncos will have our Nickle Corner on the field at least 2/3 of the snaps when we compete against them….and that’s if the game is close….If we are winning…it will be a higher percentage…if we are losing…it doesn’t really matter…

    So…to beat those teams we are going to need to cover at least 3 WRs and a TE….or 2 WRs and 2 TEs….

    To do that we need corners…

    Refer to post #186 and #193 for what recent experience we totaled from our supposed 2012 starters…

    And today…we didn’t draft anything remotely close to a cover skills player….

    Just Sayin

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    This is a pass happy league now a days…

    Going into a season with corners who didn’t have quality time the previous season is a huge risk….

    A risk that is not necessary.

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    All this talk of our QBs and we should be discussing our GM……

    Why?

    A draft is a huge portion of his duties, and neglecting our greatest need, Defensive Back, is a problem.

    I am a little confused that “REGGIE” wasn’t asked why “HE” didn’t draft a DB. Why ask Coach Allen, is it his job?

    NOPE

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I am not sold on Reggie McKenzie.

    The jury is still out in my mind. I have not heard anything but optimism from anyone and everyone.

    Based on what I have to go on….I am undecided.

    Leading up to the draft I like every move.

    His inability to address a huge need in our secondary for a long term solution at this point is a mistake.

    He still has time to correct it.

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hot Shot Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Damn give our GM some credit.The guy stepped into a mess.He was left with little draft picks over paid players Salary cap issues.Can,t solve it in one season.So Many haters in the world.Why do some of you even cheer for this team anyways always hating.

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    Stepped into a mess?

    How so?

    He is in charge of the Oakland Raiders. Or is he?

    He is paid a huge sum of money and is replacing a legend. I’d say that comes with some criticism. I am providing that. If he does something of value, I will address that with the same amount of praise.

    How is it a mess?

    He fired the Coach the first day.

    He wants to throw blame….so I can too!

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    Hardline Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    869.backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    All this talk of our QBs and we should be discussing our GM……

    Why?

    A draft is a huge portion of his duties, and neglecting our greatest need, Defensive Back, is a problem.

    I am a little confused that “REGGIE” wasn’t asked why “HE” didn’t draft a DB. Why ask Coach Allen, is it his job?

    NOPE
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Backstageatapuppetshow,

    I know you have been agitated for awhile regarding our CB situation. It seems Reggie has done everything else spot on. If we truly have a need (notwithstanding what you believe) to bolster our CB crew, I am sure Reggie has a remedy ready and waiting, and in time that will unfold.

    As far as you “speaking for Mr. Davis”: why not go out and just stick your head in a operational buzz saw. Davis was in a state of dementia and almost total incompetence for the past 10 years. Even if you wanted to speak for AD, you couldn’t: the lights were on but no one was home.

    Don’t try to pretend that you are old enough to have been a fan in AD’s early and middle years, when he was a genius. I know by your flawed arguments and the language you use, you aren’t old enough to have experienced those years.

    Our CB unit will be fine Backstage, just wait and see

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hot Shot Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Damn give our GM some credit.The guy stepped into a mess.He was left with little draft picks over paid players Salary cap issues.Can,t solve it in one season.So Many haters in the world.Why do some of you even cheer for this team anyways always hating.

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    Stepped into a mess?

    How so?

    He is in charge of the Oakland Raiders. Or is he?

    He is paid a huge sum of money and is replacing a legend. I’d say that comes with some criticism. I am providing that. If he does something of value, I will address that with the same amount of praise.

    How is it a mess?

    He fired the Coach the first day.

    He wants to throw blame….so I can too!

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Hardline…great post….I appreciate you reading my flawed arguments…as you so describe them….how is my age of any importance…my character is all that matters…and I can speak to Mr. Davis’s if I desire to do so.

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    Hardline Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Backstage,

    No disrespect intended.

    However, your age is important since you never witnessed the Raiders of old in AD’s early and middle years. Raiders were the greatest show on Earth. Them just coming onto the field was half the battle: smell the fear and smell the blood of Raider opponents. The Raiders’ greatest talent was their talent to win, led by their maverick owner, the greatest owner in the history of professional sports, AD.

    However, AD lost it in his later years. To understand the Raiders and AD one must analyze them and him in the early, middle, and later years.

    You can “speak for Mr. Davis” but you are merely speaking at a shadow of fallen greatness, and speaking for someone who effectively was lost after the year 2000.

    You are very sincere Backstage, and an excellent contributor to the blog.

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 29th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks Hardline…I appreciate your words.

    I am 37 years old. I can appreciate what I know of a man who dedicated his life to what he believed in….

    He and I share this same quality.

    You forgot to mention that he dominated every area of his life and every area of this business and organization.

    Reggie McKenzie does not possess this skill. I do.

    I am disgusted by Reggie’s mistake within yesterdays draft picks by neglecting a huge area of need and believe Mr. Davis would want me to speak to it….

    Reggie already received a personal email on the matter…and will wake in the AM to know that I publicly shared my disgust on this blog.

    Reggie can never fully RUN this team. It is beyond that. The Raider Nation runs this show now. It is bigger than one man.

    Reggie is merely a hired figurehead….
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    After reading my posts from last year….perhaps I should be our GM….

    The score after 1 season is:

    Reggie McKenzie 0
    Backstageatapuppetshow 1

  • rediaR

    I think he completely threw out need and went with “best player available” figuring his one-year-wonder patchwork players were going to be decent at the corner position. He was wrong.