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 and join his teammates.
He is excited about what new Head Coach Dennis Allen and the staff brings to the table, and he continues to make strides in his game. In the coming season expect Allen to further expand his role and put his strengths on the field to use.
The next order of business for the Raiders is now to complete the signings of two of their draft picks, Tony Bergstrom the offensive lineman from Utah chosen in the third round and Juron Criner the wide receiver out of Arizona selected in the fifth round of this year’s NFL Draft.