Tyvon Branch knows little about his role for his new team, after the Cardinals signed him to a two-year contract Thursday.
The veteran safety was told the team likes his versatility, but that he’d wait until the season to “see how everything unfolds.”
It’s possible the path could unfold sooner than that, however. As Branch was signed, news came that starting safety Rashad
Bringing Branch in, then, makes sense. Terms of his deal weren’t announced but multiple reports have Branch earning $7 million, including $5 million in guarantees. At this point, he is the only free agent the Cardinals have signed.
“I have great confidence in (GM) Steve (Keim) and (Bruce Arians) and their staffs,” team president Michael Bidwill said. “They do a great job. You look at some of the decisions that were made two years ago in free agency, in which players on the first day got enormous contracts, many of those players haven’t worked out the way the hype around them … it just doesn’t support it.
“We try to make the right decisions and not get into the frenzy. We also make sure we are focused on getting the players
Branch is one of those pieces. Keim and Arians have both said they wanted to get longer and faster in the secondary. Branch is only 6-foot (and 210 pounds) but he ran a 4.26 40-yard dash when he came out for the 2008 draft.
“Am I as fast as I used to be?” Branch said. “I like to think so.”
Branch, 29, played in Kansas City for one year after seven seasons in Oakland. In 16 games – one start – for the Chiefs, Branch had 43 tackles, a sack and an interception. Branch was a long-time starter with the Raiders, but played in just five games his final two seasons in Oakland because of a broken leg and broken foot.
It made this go-round in free agency different than last year.
“I think I proved I can still play at a high level when I get the opportunity,” Branch said.
Johnson isn’t the only free agent from the Cardinals looking around. Guard