Found July 15, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
    Earlier this weekend the Oakland Raiders finally came to terms with their franchise player strong safety Tyvon Branch on a four-year, $26.6 million contract. The deal can reach a maximum value of $28 million in the deal.   A league source confirmed Saturday that the deal includes a $5.6 million signing bonus, and he will make $16.1 million over the next two years. Branch was set to count $6.2 million against the salary cap under his franchise tender and now under the new deal l he’s guaranteed $17.1 million. Branch continues to be the full time starter for the Raiders, for the past three seasons he started all 16-games. Pro Football Focus currently has him as 20th best safety in 2011. In each of the last three seasons, he has shown to excel best in run support, collecting a total of 327 tackles and gathered at least 104 per season. The initial offer was first completed this past March and was signed in May.  This gave Branch the ability to participate in off-season activities a...

Raiders, Tyvon Branch agree to four-year deal

The Raiders and franchise player safety Tyvon Branch agreed to a four-year deal expected to be signed no later than Sunday. The deal creates salary-cap space for the Raiders, who would've paid Branch $6.2 million on his one-year franchise tender for 2012. Branch has started 48 straight games for the Raiders, and he might have been an attractive player if he had made it to...

AP Source: Raiders, Branch agree to 4-year deal

A person familiar with the decision says the Oakland Raiders and safety Tyvon Branch have agreed to a new four-year contract that gives the franchise financial flexibility and the team's leading tackler the stability he has wanted. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal had not been officially announced, said Branch was out of...

Raiders agree to deal with Tyvon Branch

Tyvon Branch signed a new contract on Saturday worth $26.6 million over four years, with $17.1 million guaranteed (Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) According to Jason LaCanfora of, the Raiders and franchise-tagged safety Tyvon Branch agreed to a four-year contract Saturday. Branch had signed his $6.2 million tender and worked out with the team through the offseason...

2012 NFL Previews and Predictions: The Oakland Raiders “Won’t Win Baby”

The Oakland Raiders have been one of the proudest and most popular teams in the NFL, but recently have fallen on hard times. As they head into 2012, it will take a miracle for this team to compete for the playoffs and there is a better chance at grabbing the No. 1 overall 2012 draft pick. Odds: As expected the Raiders are longshots to win Superbowl XLVII and are an eye-popping...

Did the Oakland Raiders Hire a “Scumbag” Strip Club Owner?

It happens all the time.  An NFL player arrested at a night club for one thing or another.  The latest player to go down that road is Adrian Peterson who was arrested outside of a club in Houston.  But he’s hardly alone.  You have one of the most notorious repeat offenders, in Pacman Jones who [...]

Oakland Raiders extend S Tyvon Branch

The Raiders resigned franchise player Tyvon Branch today and did so at a rate cheaper than guys like Eric Weedle, Michael Griffin, and teammate Michael Huff have signed for in the last calendar year. All 3 of those guys got between 4-5 years at a rate of between 7-8 million per year, between 32-40 million maximum money, and between 15-19 million guaranteed money. Branch, meanwhile...

Raiders S Branch lands deal with $17-18M guaranteed

The four-year contract to which Tyvon Branch agreed Saturday with the Oakland Raiders is worth $26.6 million, not counting incentives, and includes $17-$18 million in guaranteed money, team sources and sources close to the four-year veteran safety told The Sports Xchange. A team source told The Sports Xchange that Branch will sign the contract "sometime before" the Monday...

Raiders ink Tyvon Branch to $28 million deal

The Oakland Raiders have hammered out a four-year, $28 million maximum value deal with franchise player Tyvon Branch,a league source confirmed. The deal includes a $5.6 million signing bonus. He'll make $16.1 million over two years.

Oakland Raiders 2012 Training Camp Competition: Cornerbacks Part 2

Last season the Oakland Raiders kept nine cornerbacks and safeties on the final 53 man roster. Part one of the cornerbacks series focused on four players the Raiders will count on this season and are in competition for the starting cornerback jobs. Part two will look at the competition for what may be the final defensive back job on the 53 man roster. Pat Lee was signed as a...

New era for the Oakland Raiders

In 2011, the Oakland Raiders new owner Mark Davis, son of Al Davis who died last year had to search for a General Manager after his father’s death. The search lasted three months doing his own research consulting with many experts, but by the time he got a chance to interview candidates he knew, “Reggie [...]

Oakland Raiders 2012 Training Camp Competition: Cornerbacks Part 1

The Oakland Raiders cornerback competition has both intrigue and question marks as training camp and preseason games approach. The competition will come down to two young cornerbacks and two veterans coming off injuries, who signed this offseason. Part one will look at those players in competition for the starting cornerback spots.   Ron Bartell came [...]

Oakland Raiders and SS Tyvon Branch agree to 4-year deal

This offseason the Oakland Raiders used their franchise tag on strong safety Tyvon Branch. Branch signed the 6.2 million dollar tender in May to ensure he would remain with the Raiders for at least the 2012 season. Now the two sides have reached an agreement that will keep Branch with the team for the next four seasons. // > The new contract will be worth 26.6 million dollars...

Schrager's 2-a-days: Raiders and Buccaneers

To get you fully prepared for the unofficial start of the 2012 NFL season, we're ranking every team from worst to first in the weeks leading up to the opening of training camps. Every day, we'll be previewing two teams, one from each conference, analyzing them from top to bottom and giving you all you need to know to be an informed fan. What's the major storyline heading...

Breaking Down the Schedule: Week Six vs Oakland Raiders

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49ers, Dashon Goldson have not made progress

On the same day that one Bay Area franchise safety signed long term (Tyvon Branch of the Raiders), it is reported that another one, Dashon Goldson, and the San Francisco 49ers have not made any progress, this according to CSN Bay Area. There are no shortage of deals being signed by safeties in the past calendar year for the two sides to use as reference as Michael Huff, Michael Griffin...
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