Raiders applied the franchise tag to free agent SS Tyvon Branch that he will receive the franchise tag.
Free agent RB Michael Bush's chances of returning to Oakland are in a free fall. The cap-strapped Raiders had made Branch one of the top offseason priorities after he finished last season as one of the premier in-the-box safeties in the NFL. At a cost of roughly $6.2 million, the franchise tag was a no-brainer. The move does it make it more likely, however, that FS Michael Huff will be set loose.