Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Monday, July 9, that long-term contract talks with S Tyvon Branch are ongoing. Players who receive the franchise-tag designation have until July 16 to sign a long-term deal or else they are locked into their one-year deal. Branch's franchise tender is $6.2 million guaranteed for 2012.
Huddle Up: From 2009-2011 Branch has been the 8th, 9th and 21st-ranked IDP DB. He puts numbers in the box scores, but insiders feel he gets caught out of position a lot and struggles against the run. Branch and his agent are looking at Titans S Michael Griffin's new deal - 5 years, $35 million with $15m guaranteed - and feel Branch deserves similar money. The Raiders don't have ample cap room so this could get sticky.
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