Last night we discussed why the pressure is now on Tyvon Branch to perform at an elite level. Reggie McKenzie didn’t slap the franchise tag on Tyvon then reward him with a four-year deal just because he likes the guy. McKenzie knows he’s got a player poised to breakout as one of the NFL’s best defenders. He also knew that getting Branch under contract would benefit the team in more ways than one.
Not only did McKenzie retain his brightest defensive star for the foreseeable future but he also managed to free some very precious cap space.
Before the Branch deal the Raiders were reported to be somewhere near the $1-million mark in cap room. After inking Branch the silver and black are said to be close to the $5-million range in cap space. That will go a long way in getting the last of the unsigned draft picks under contract not to mention it gives the Raiders some options should they need to acquire more talent once camp commences.
Some see Tyvon’s contract as a bargain assuming he’ll continue his climb up the NFL hierarchy. Others warn that it could create another cap conundrum for McKenzie down the road.
No matter the case it’s clear that Branch is no longer flying below the radar and if you don’t believe it then check the way his deal is structured as reported by PFT. You’ll notice such minor details as a $250,000 Pro Bowl bonus on up to a healthy $10-million salary in 2013.
1. $5.6 million signing bonus.
2. $1 million fully-guaranteed base salary in 2012, with no offset language.
3. $250,000 Pro Bowl incentive in 2012.
4. $6 million base salary in 2013, guaranteed for injury only at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2013 league year. (Only $1.5 million of the salary is subject to offset language.)
5. $3.5 million roster bonus due on third day of 2013 league year, which is guaranteed for injury and skill at signing and fully guaranteed as of the first game of the 2012 regular season.
6. $250,000 Pro Bowl incentive in 2013.
7. $3 million base salary in 2014, $1.5 million of which is guaranteed for injury only at signing and fully guaranteed as of the third day of the 2013 league year, with no offset language.
8. $1 million roster bonus due on the third day of the 2014 league year.
9. $250,000 Pro Bowl incentive in 2014
10. $5.5 million non-guaranteed base salary in 2015.
11. $1 million roster bonus due on the third day of the 2015 league year.
12. $250,000 Pro Bowl incentive in 2015.