Tyvon Branch Will Sign Raiders Franchise Tag

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after he sacked Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears at O.co Coliseum on November 27, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Raiders safety Tyvon Branch will sign his franchise tag, according to a report.

The Oakland Raiders used the franchise tag on Tyvon Branch, preventing him from hitting unrestricted free agency. Initially Branch was not going to sign his tag but plans to now, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

As La Canfora notes, both sides are still trying to work out a long term deal. Under the franchise tag, Branch is set to make $6.2 million for the 2012 season. Branch was originally a fourth-round draft pick by the Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft and has been a full-time starter for the team since 2009, starting all 16 games each year.

For more on Branch and the Oakland Raiders, visit SB Nation's Raiders blog Silver And Black Pride and SB Nation Bay Area.

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