Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 months ago

The Cardinals and Branch agreed to terms of a two-year contract Wednesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After opening his career with three 100-tackle campaigns in five seasons with the Raiders, Branch sustained debilitating injuries in both 2013 and 2014, namely a fractured fibula and broken foot. Handed a one-year contract from the Chiefs last March, he totaled 43 tackles (35 solo), two defensive touchdowns, one interception, one sack, and one fumble recovery, while logging 39 percent of the defensive snaps. With the potential to earn $10 million over the course of his upcoming contract, the Cardinals may have promised him the nominal starting job at strong safety.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 1 year ago

Branch has reached a one-year agreement with the Chiefs, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

Still only 28 years old, Branch topped 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2011. He made a name as one of the league's better strong safeties, but his stock has dropped considerably after he played just five total games in 2013 and 2014. He should have plenty of time to recover from the foot injury that ended his 2014 campaign, and he projects as a starter in Kansas City. Branch still has impressive upside, both in real-life and IDP terms. The Chiefs, meanwhile, are now unlikely to re-sign Ron Parker.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 1 year ago

The Raiders have released Branch (foot), the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Branch's release frees up nearly $3 million in salary cap space for the Raiders in advance of free agency. Branch has been a productive IDP when healthy, but he's been limited to just five games over the last two seasons, including three in 2014 (in which he recorded 30 tackles).

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

The Raiders have placed Branch (foot) on IR, the team's official site reports.

With Branch slated to undergo foot surgery and out for the season, the Raiders bolstered their safety corps by claiming Brandian Ross off waivers from the Dolphins.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

Branch, who will require foot surgery, is expected to go on IR, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

With Branch out, Usama Young and Jonathan Dowling are in line to see added work at strong safety for the Raiders going forward.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

Branch is slated to undergo a procedure on his foot, ESPN.com reports.

A timetable for Branch's return has not yet been outlined, with Usama Young and Jonathan Dowling candidates to see added opportunities at strong safety for the Raiders in Branch's absence.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

Branch suffered a fractured foot in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

For the second consecutive season, Branch will fall victim to a long-term injury, dimming the luster of the former top-tier IDP defensive back. Branch looked to be well on his way to reclaiming his DB1 upside with 29 total tackles and a sack in his first three games, but the fractured foot figures to keep him out multiple weeks, if not the remainder of the season. Jonathan Dowling looks like the top candidate to step into a starting role at safety, but the Raiders could choose to scan the free agent market for other options.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

Branch left Friday's preseason game against the Lions with an ankle injury, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

An ankle injury limited Branch to just two games last season, and while coach Dennis Allen said immediately after Friday's game he didn't think his latest setback was serious, he added that he wasn't positive as to the extent of the issue. Brandian Ross seems like the top candidate to see increased reps at strong safety should Branch miss practice time.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

Raiders SS Tyvon Branch (fibula/ankle) is 100 percent healthy.

Branch went down in Week 2, but wasn't placed on injured reserve until Week 15. Now 27, Branch is returning as a starter this season.

Tyvon Branch DB ARI 2 years ago

Raiders placed SS Tyvon Branch (fibula/ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Branch has been sidelined since Week 2, but the Raiders kept him on the active roster all season in hopes he would recover from his leg injury. He wasn't cleared to return after resuming practicing earlier this month and will be shut down with only three games remaining. DT Ricky Lumpkin has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Branch should be 100 percent for the start of training camp.