Safety Tyvon Branch said on his Twitter account Thursday night his seven-year career with the Raiders was over.
Branch played only five games over the past two seasons with leg and foot fractures had the highest salary cap number of any player on the roster at $9.657 million.
“It was a blessing to play for the Raiders wearing that shield was special to me. Thanks to the Davis family for giving me a chance!,” Branch said in a tweet.
The move should come before free agency and the start of the new league year on March 10. The Raiders have made no announcement, but general manager Reggie McKenzie hinted to local reporters at the NFL scouting combine that Branch’s roster status was in question.
“That’s going to be a situation we have to monitor, because the injury situation has been an issue the past couple of years,” McKenzie said.
From 2009 through 2012, Branch played in 62 out of 64 games and identified as a player to build around in the McKenzie/Dennis Allen regime as he was awarded a $26.6 million contract with $10 million guaranteed, making him one of the NFL’s highest paid safeties.
In Branch’s absence last season, Brandian Ross, scheduled for restricted free agency, was vastly improved over his 2013 performance and could be the incumbent starter should he re-sign with the Raiders.
When Branch is released, the Raiders will have an additional $3 million in cap space, giving them $58 million in cap room to sign their own players as well as free agents.