THURSDAY, 2:27pm: The Cardinals have officially signed Branch, per Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com (Twitter link).
WENDESDAY, 3:26pm: The two sides have reached agreement, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. It’s a two-year deal with a base of $7MM, per Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic (on Twitter). Branch can earn up to $10MM through incentives.
3:08pm: The Cardinals are expected to sign safety Tyvon Branch, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (on Twitter) first reported that the two sides were closing in on an agreement. It’ll be a two-year deal worth potentially as much as $10MM, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports tweets. The deal includes $5MM in fully guaranteed cash (link).
Branch, whom the Chiefs signed to a one-year deal last winter, appeared in all 16 of their games last season and started one. The 29-year-old added 43 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble, and four passes defensed. The advanced metrics from Pro Football Focus (subscription required) placed Branch as the 30th best safety in the NFL last year, slotting him ahead of free agents Chris Conte, Eric Weddle, and David Bruton. While he did not start in 2015, many teams believed that Branch was capable of handling a starting role once again. The Cardinals, ostensibly, are one of those teams.
Branch was PFR’s No. 11 ranked safety this offseason, placing him behind George Iloka, Eric Weddle, Rodney McLeod, Tashaun Gipson, Reggie Nelson, Walter Thurmond, Rashad Johnson, Dwight Lowery, Isa Abdul-Quddus, and Husain Abdullah.
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