Buddy Baker - Agent's Diary: For the Love of Football
FEB 6, 1:53a ET | Buddy Baker - Exclusive Sports Group
StatsLLC: Feb 26 / 12:00a ET
News: The Oakland Raiders will release Branch before the start of the new league year next month. The team told Branch of the plans Thursday to cut ties with one of Oakland's longest-tenured non-specialists.
Impact: Branch joined Oakland as a fourth-round pick out of Connecticut in 2008. Branch immediately became an impact player and started 62 of 64 games from 2009-12. He was slowed by injuries the past two seasons and played only five games. He had one year remaining on his contract. "It was a blessing to play for the Raiders (and) wearing that shield was special to me," Branch wrote on his Twitter account. "Thanks to the Davis family for giving me a chance!"