Posted March 05, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Tyvon Branch
TEAMS: Oakland Raiders
There were probably some fans, but not many NFL pro personnel officials, surprised at the news that the cap-strapped Oakland Raiders, who have plenty of bookkeeping yet to accomplish before the league year officially commences, will use the franchise tag to retain strong safety Tyvon Branch.

Predicting the Raiders Defensive Starters

The Oakland Raiders may not do much shuffling on the offensive side of the ball, but the 29th ranked defense will be altered. Stanford Routt has already been released and Reggie McKenzie promises even more change. Of the 11 positions on defense, only two have unquestioned starters. Had the Raiders been healthy, the starters at the end of the season would have been nearly identical...

Weekly Poll: Kamerion Wimbley at the Top of the List

If this was a presidential election, Kamerion Wimbley would be a winner in a landslide.  The Oakland Raiders linebacker was the top pick by you, the people.  Unfortunately, he is the top pick in our poll suggesting that he is the odd man out on the Raider’s roster. The question that we posed to you [...]

Raiders Offseason Q&A With NFL Anaylst Adam Caplan

NFL analyst, Adam Caplan, recently took the time to give us his expert opinion on questions about the upcoming offseason for the Oakland Raiders. He provided us with insight on the Raiders’ salary cap situation, free-agent names to keep an eye on at positions of need, the team’s new leadership, and much more. Q: With the [...]

Darren Mcfadden is 100 percent healthy

According to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden is 100 percent healthy and will be ready to go for OTA’s and training camp, after suffering a Lis Franc injury that derailed the 2011 season for him. The Raiders will need McFadden to stay healthy for next season, since his back up Michael Bush will likely leave in free agency.

Kamerion Wimbley unwilling to take a pay cut

According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson, Oakland Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is unwilling to take a pay cut, but is willing to rework his deal in a creative way so he can stay in Oakland. If something can’t get done between the Raiders and Wimbley, he’ll likely be cut.  If he does hit the market, the Chargers and Chiefs might be interested in him.

Bounty-gate: An Oakland Raider Fan’s Perspective

Editor’s note: Paul Fischer is an avid Oakland Raiders fanatic, and this is his take on the recent scandal that is ravaging through the NFL regarding former New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Gregg Williams. So the latest hot topic in the NFL is player bounties…that is to say that “taking out” a certain player on [...]

Getting defensive about the Raiders in free agency

What's more exciting: NFL Free Agency or the NFL Draft? I'd say Free Agency this year, because it's got some REAL big hooters on it. With no draft picks on day one, free agency may be where the most change comes for the Raiders. There's a lot of free agents, so there's a good chance to upgrade that lackluster defense.The Raiders D has been under performing like...

Report: Jets have interest in Campbell

Although Rex Ryan insists he is sticking with Mark Sanchez, the Jets are reportedly interested in signing Jason Campbell as a backup quarterback. His presence could put pressure on Sanchez to perform.

Odds are that Kamerion Wimbley will be released by the Raiders

According to Len Pasquarelli of,  there’s probably a less than 50-50 chance that the Oakland Raiders will be able to keep linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, because they can’t afford to keep him on the roster without him restructuring his contract. Wimbley’s agent Joe Linta has indicated that they “continue to work hard to make it work,” but the situation is still...

2/3rds of the league plays tag

Although the Raiders announced they were going to place the franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch late last week, the official paperwork didn't go through until yesterday afternoon, shortly before the 4 PM deadline.It capped off a wild day in which more than half the league franchised someone on their team that otherwise would have gone to Unrestricted Free Agency. When the...

Branch is Back in Franchise Black, Wimbley May be Kept at Silver Prices

The Oakland Raiders begin March with the same flair for change that carried the month of February in 2012. Reports from the start of March indicate that the Raiders will franchise tag Tyvon Branch. The fourth round pick of the 2008 NFL draft has become a staple to the Raiders and negotiations will not break [...]

John Clayton: don't be surprised if running back Michael Bush goes to Cincinnati

There continues to be rumblings that the Cincinnati Bengals are targeting soon-to-be free agent running back Michael Bush this offseason, replacing Cedric Benson who isn't expected to return for 2012. Last week a source told NFL Insider Cecil Lammey, for ESPN Radio in Denver, that he believes Cincinnati will make a run for Bush this offseason. ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley...
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