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Tyvon Branch | Defensive Back | #27

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 4 (100) / OAK
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Cardinals signed S Tyvon Branch to a two-year, $10 million contract with $5 million guaranteed.
The Cardinals love stockpiling safeties for their dime packages, which essentially serve as DC James Bettcher's base defense. Branch, 29, figures to primarily be a sub-package safety in Arizona, upgrading on outgoing free agent Rashad Johnson. A cornerback at UConn, Branch clocked a blazing 4.31 forty coming out of college. Branch is coming off a 43-tackle season in Kansas City. Mar 9 - 4:18 PM

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Free agent S Tyvon Branch will visit the Cardinals.

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Arizona will "try to close the deal quickly," and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora says it'll likely end in a two-year deal. Branch, 29, spent 2015 as the Chiefs' third safety, but he is a starting-caliber player who was working on a one-year, prove-it contract after injuries derailed his career in Oakland. He'd be an excellent get for the Bird Gang.
Mar 9 - 3:43 PM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports the Chiefs have expressed interest in re-signing impending free agent S Tyvon Branch.

Branch started just one game last season, but he earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for the effort. With both Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah headed to free agency, perhaps Kansas City views Branch as a potential starter moving forward. He should not cost much to re-sign.
Feb 25 - 12:56 PM

Chiefs SS Tyvon Branch has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13.

The pickings must have been slim. 28-year-old Branch made his first start of the season last week against the Raiders team that released him this past offseason. He was barely heard from before picking off an errant Derek Carr pass late in the fourth quarter and returning it for a game-sealing touchdown. Branch has made most of his impact on special teams this year.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Chiefs SS Tyvon Branch (foot) has been practicing without restrictions at OTAs.

Branch is fully recovered from his 2014 foot injury. He’s currently penciled in as Kansas City’s strong safety with Eric Berry sidelined. Branch has appeared in just five games over the last two years, but is still only 28 and has a multiple skill set when healthy as a run stuffer and capable cover man.
Sat, May 30, 2015 04:20:00 PM

Chiefs signed SS Tyvon Branch to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Another $2 million is available in incentives. Riddled by injuries, Branch has only been able to play in five games over the last two seasons. But when healthy, the former college corner has shown serious in-the-box talent. He's an excellent low-risk add for a Chiefs defense that desperately needs safety help with Eric Berry battling cancer and Ron Parker a free agent. Branch's incentives almost certainly hinge on his ability to sustain health, making it a no-lose deal for the Chiefs.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 10:34:00 AM

The Jets are expected to pursue free agent SS Tyvon Branch, according to the New York Post.

The Chiefs, Colts and Redskins have also checked in on Branch. 2015 is considered a weak draft for safeties, so Branch and others are getting a long look in free agency. Though talented, Branch comes with plenty of risk. He's appeared in just five of a possible 32 games over the last two seasons, leading to questions about his durability. Branch will meet with the Chiefs Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Free agent SS Tyvon Branch is scheduled to visit the Chiefs after his Friday trip to the Redskins' facility.

He's also visited the Colts. Another injury-riddled free agent, Branch has immense skill when healthy. A college cornerback, Branch ran in the low 4.3s at the 2008 Scouting Combine and has been a fierce run-support safety in the NFL. In K.C., he could hold down the fort in Eric Berry's (lymphoma) absence.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Free agent S Tyvon Branch will visit the Redskins on Thursday.

Branch is in Indianapolis visiting the Colts on Wednesday. The Redskins are in the market for two starting safeties with FS Ryan Clark retiring and SS Brandon Meriweather unlikely to be re-signed as a free agent. Branch is more a "box" safety who plays close to the line of scrimmage. He recently turned 28.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 12:56:00 PM

Around the NFL's Conor Orr reports free agent S Tyvon Branch will visit the Colts on Wednesday.

It's believed to be the first of "multiple" visits for Branch, who was released by the Raiders last week. The Colts are in the market for multiple safeties with Mike Adams and LaRon Landry both free agents. Branch is still just 28, but hasn't been able to stay on the field the past two years because of multiple injuries.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Raiders released S Tyvon Branch.

Branch had a $1 million roster bonus due on March 12. The move clears $3 million in cap space. Signed to a four-year, $26.6 million extension in July 2012, Branch had appeared in just five games over the past two seasons due to injury. A broken foot cost him all but three games in 2014, while fibula/ankle issues sidelined him in 2013. Going on 29, Branch was one of the league's top in-the-box safeties before injuries started wrecking his game. He'll get the benefit of the doubt in free agency if he can prove he's healthy.
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 09:31:00 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said he plans to meet with SS Tyvon Branch's agent at the Combine this week.

Branch has appeared in just five games over the last two seasons due to injuries. He's owed a $9.6 million cap hit and will be asked to take a pay cut or restructure. The Raiders would have to eat $3.2 million in dead money by releasing Branch as a post June-1 cut. 28-year-old Branch is currently signed through 2017.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 06:18:00 PM

Raiders placed SS Tyvon Branch on injured reserve with a broken foot, ending his season.

Branch is undergoing surgery to repair a "Jones fracture." The injury involves a fracture to the fifth metatarsal. It's the same injury that has previously hobbled Hakeem Nicks, Julio Jones, and Marvin Jones, among others. With Branch out for the rest of the season, he'll have played just five of a possible 32 games over the past two years. He has a $9.6 million cap number in 2015, and the Raiders would have to eat over $6 million of it to cut him. Branch was once an IDP stud. He turns 28 in December. Usama Young will fill in at strong safety.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Raiders SS Tyvon Branch will undergo surgery to repair his broken foot.

Branch is without a timetable for return, and could be sent to season-ending I.R. If he misses the remainder of the year, Branch will have played just 5-of-32 possible games the past two seasons. He missed most of 2013 with a broken leg. The Raiders will turn to Usama Young next to Charles Woodson.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Raiders SS Tyvon Branch fractured his foot in Sunday's Week 3 loss at New England.

Branch also missed the majority of last season after breaking his leg in Week 2. Now he's out indefinitely, and possibly for the rest of the year. The former IDP stud can be dropped across the board.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 06:41:00 PM