It was reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Thursday that the Oakland Raiders are set to release star safety Tyvon Branch before the start of the new season. Branch has struggled with injuries the last two seasons after being a fourth-round selection in 2008. He appeared in just five games during the last two seasons and had 27 tackles.
Branch was one of the few players that were acquired by the Raiders late owner Al Davis that Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie tried to build the Raiders team around, after he took over controls in 2012. Branch was one of the Raiders longest-tenured non-specialists, with only kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long snapper Jon Condo having more continuous service.
Despite barely playing, Branch will have a market and an opportunity to find a new team. From 2010 to 2012, he recorded at least 74 tackles and one interception in each season. When he is healthy, Branch has a potential that will definitely pique the interest of multiple teams.