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Raiders make it official _ Branch released

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The Raiders released safety Tyvon Branch Tuesday, making official what the safety had announced last week on Twitter.

Branch played in just five games over the past two seasons because of a broken leg and a broken foot. Branch’s release clears nearly million in salary cap space _ giving the Raiders more than $57 million in room.

The club is also expected to release defensive end LaMarr Woodley, as reported by CSN-Bay Area over the weekend. Woodley would clear another $5.1 million as the Raiders prepare get their house in order for the start of free agency on March 10.

The only one of their own players scheduled for unrestricted free agency who has been brought back is safety Charles Woodson, who signed a one-year contract worth $4.2 million in salary and bonuses.

Others, including center Stefen Wisniewski, running back Darren McFadden, wide receiver Denarius Moore and defensive end C.J. Wilson, could be availabile to the highest bidder when free agency begins.

The Raiders are expected to retain some of their own restricted free agents before March 10, included among them wide receivers Andre Holmes and Rod Streater and safety Brandian Ross.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • funnyfalcon

    Unless he turns out to be Warren Sapp like.

  • funnyfalcon

    For league minimum.