Eric Berry isn't the only safety being discussed for a potential return to the Kansas City Chiefs next season. Terez Paylor of the Star says the team is also interested in Tyvon Branch's return.
The #Chiefs have expressed interest in retaining S Tyvon Branch, a source confirms.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) February 25, 2016
Branch is one of three safeties who could hit the open market, and all three should warrant such consideration. Pro Football Focus says the combination of Eric Berry, Husain Abdullah and Tyvon Branch are three of the top nine free agent safeties (to be). About Branch, PFF's Michael Renner said:
Branch may not be a lockdown cover guy, but he is one of the most physical safeties in the NFL. He was one of the most feared blitzing safeties back in his days with Oakland, and has a +20.2 combined run and pass-rush grade for his career. His size (6-foot, 210 pounds) might not suggest it, but Branch is best suited for a box role.
Branch came to the Chiefs on the cheap with a one-year, $2.1 million deal after some injury-plagued seasons with the Oakland Raiders. The talent was always there, but no team could rely upon Branch to play a full season, so it was clear the Chiefs were hoping to get some value out of him as Branch tried to prove himself for a full year.
Fortunately Branch played in all 16 games last year for the Chiefs, for the first time since 2012. While he didn't start many games (only 1), he showcased his abilities on the field with 33 tackles, 1 interception (for a touchdown), 1 fumble recovery and 1 sack.
Bringing back Branch would help provide some cohesion in terms of depth in the secondary and special teams, since Branch played nearly 60% of snaps on S/T.