Jul 102012

According to CSN Bay Area and the Contra County Times, talks are ongoing between the Raiders and franchise player Tyvon Branch and there has been recent progress between the two sides. The Raiders and Branch have no shortage of comparable deals to look at. Players of similar quality such as Eric Weedle, Michael Griffin, and even teammate Michael Huff have all signed in the last calendar year. All got 4-5 year deals worth 7-8 million per year with 15-19 million guaranteed.

That will be the ball park for Branch and the safety across the bay, 49ers’ franchise player Dashon Goldson. Branch has already signed his tender for this year so worst case scenario, Branch will play for the Raiders and make 6.2 million this season. For a defense that has already lost so much over the past 2 offseasons, Branch will have to play very well and take on a leadership role this season. He was ProFootballFocus’ 2nd ranked safety against the run behind Troy Polamalu last season and has improved in coverage.

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