Safety Branch OKs Raiders Deal


The Raiders tied up one loose end heading into training camp by agreeing to terms with franchise free-agent strong safety Tyvon Branch to a reported four-year deal worth $17.6 million in guaranteed money and a maximum value of $28 million.

The Raiders confirmed the deal Saturday evening, without referring to terms of the contract, after it had been reported earlier by CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

Had Branch not received a multiyear deal by Monday, he would have played for the approximately $6.2 million figure as a franchise free agent and then faced free agency again next year.

According to, citing league sources, Branch gets a $5.6 million signing bonus and will be paid $16.1 million over the first two years of the deal.


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