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.
And speaking of DC Bob Sutton and the #Chiefs, they signed SS Tyvon Branch to a one-year deal, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2015
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."
Tyvon Branch's 1yr deal w/KC could be worth max of $4M. Has base w/ in-game bonuses of $2M— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 10, 2015
Tyvon Branch one-year Chiefs deal, $2.1 million; $200,000 bonus, $870,000 salary, $30,000 workout bonus, $62,500 a game active roster bonus— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 10, 2015
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.
In general, I really like guys (like Branch) who are good special teamers. Typically play hard and have good football IQ. Need those guys— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 10, 2015