An NFL insider says a Hall of Fame safety like Ronnie Lott might struggle in today's game, though Tyvon Branch is managing to excel.
Raiders S Tyvon Branch was among the players fined on Friday. He received a $15,750 fine for a horse-collar tackle.
The Raiders agreed to a four-year deal with S Tyvon Branch, according to CBS Sports and NFL Network.
Raiders S Tyvon Branch has signed his franchise tender, guaranteeing his one-year deal for the 2012 season. He will be paid $6.21 million this season.
The Raiders have placed the franchise tag on SS Tyvon Branch.
The Raiders won't have the free-agency losses they suffered last year, although there are a few players they need to re-sign.
The specialists received much of the credit, but there were both offensive and defensive players who made a big impact in the Raiders' Week 12 win.
With Jay Cutler sidelined, Matt Forté faces a tough test Sunday against the Raiders.
Oakland SS Tyvon Branch has raised his level of play, becoming more of an impact player, according to our AFC Whispers.
By re-signing FS Michael Huff, the Raiders will be able to use a unique formation on defense this season.
The Raiders are expected to lose their best cornerback and safety, but could be in good shape thanks to new coach Rod Woodson.