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Tyvon Branch, Chiefs agree to 1-year contract

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The Kansas City Chiefs have themselves a safety. Per a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch.

The Chiefs have since confirmed the news. GM John Dorsey said in a statement: "We are excited we were able to reach a deal with Tyvon and bring him to Kansas City. He is a physical player who we feel can help our defense. We're looking forward to having him."

Branch visited the Chiefs on Monday. With Branch coming off two straight injury-riddled seasons, I hope this contract is structured in the Chiefs favor. If so, I like this move as insurance for the safeties the Chiefs could lose in free agency, including Kurt Coleman and Ron Parker, who is drawing interest from others.

Branch is a strong safety who will likely play closer to the line of scrimmage, which should help the Chiefs run defense.