The Raiders have used the franchise tag on Tyvon Branch, the team announced today. In a press release announcing the move, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie praised Branch, stating, "Tyvon is a talented, productive player who we hope will be wearing the silver and black for many years to come. We will continue to work on a long-term deal to make that happen."
There is also a possibility that the Raiders and Branch will come to a long term contract very soon in which case the franchise tag could be rescinded and used on another player. That seems unlikely at this point, however, and there isn't any other free agent on which it would be needed.
There was some speculation that the Raiders might tag backup RB Michael Bush but the tag is projected to be approximately 7.7 million dollars for a one year contract for running backs versus a projected 6.2 million for safeties. The actual amount is not known because the new tag calculations are tied in with the salary cap, which is widely expected to be approximately 120 million dollars this year, but has yet to be announced.
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Ugh. Right I am really wishing that we had signed Goldson last year instead of bringing back Huff....
I am over the moon to see Branch get the tag and not Bush! Hopefully now Branch and the team can work out a long term contract that will bring his salary down a bit.
that would be awesome. Tolbert would be the short yardage back we need.
truth be told, i'd love to see Lynch come back home to play... probably out of the question tho.
Not necessarily! Branch cannot be re-signed to a long term contract right now because of the cap issues. By placing the Franchise one him this allows the team time to get back under the cap and ensures he doesn't go anywhere once Free Agency begins.
@nilbymouth Just my thoughts as well!
Bush is good but not inexpendable - Branch is much more valuable and needed based on the flux that is our backfield at the moment!
Bush will test FA and see if he can score a starting gig somewhere with an increased salary... If he can't he will be back for a reasonable amount (although i think he will get picked up)..
@DARKKUSH Lynch will want to be a starter and will demand starter money which we won't be able or willing to give i think, so probably not a possibility, although his violent way of running the ball hard would definately be a great compliment to D-Mac!
Tolbert, 'LawFirm, Kahlil Bell, Steve Slaton, Snelling and perhaps even Hillis are more realistic imo, but i would not be surprised to see us go with either Lonyae Miller, Rashawn Jackson or a low drafted/undrafted rookie coming out in 2012..
@dondiraider Lil Buddha wouldn't be that bad, especially as we would steal him from the Chargers who will try to get him back!
@Harder2000 @nilbymouth Michael Bush could very well wind up in Seattle, as Tom Cable is a huge fan of his. Now that Branch has the franchise tag, I just don't see the Raiders getting into a bidding war with another team for Bush. DMAC's situation should be very interesting as well. Due to his injury issues, will the Raiders trade him for a late first or 2nd round pick, and elevate Taiwan Jones??? DMAC is entering the last year of his contract, so the Raiders will have a big decision to make concerning him, and the way McKenzie is operating, we may know very quickly....
I would love LawFirm in the Silver and Black so much! If we miss out on him then Tolbert would be my next preference. Snelling and Bell are middle of the pack guys who I don't know if can be depended upon to carry load if / when McFadden goes down again.
Slaton please no! He has major fumbling problems. If we can't get LawFirm I would love to see us draft Robert Turbin from Utah State. This guy looks like he has the tools to be a very good RB.
Bush is another story - it will depend on what he is valued at by other teams! It is a large RB group this year in FA and the Draft, so i think the market will be soft.. Question is if it is soft enough!? RBs are a dime a dozen as long as it is not top tier caliber, and a well run ZBS allows for even a mediocre back to succeed, so i don´'t think we will spend too much on the third part of our 3 headed monster (D-Mac and TJ being the other)!
We will see when he tests the market, because he is valued here and will require a starting gig somewhere - will he get it like Turner did back then?
@nilbymouth @Spartacus @Harder2000 Second that....DAsaid thatDMC isVITAL...so unless hes blowing smoke...DMC stats