The Raiders officially released veteran strong safety Tyvon Branch on Tuesday afternoon. The transaction was not a surprise.
The team told Branch last week, who tweeted thanks to the organization and its fans for seven years in Oakland. Branch became a salary-cap casualty. He counted $9.67 million against the 2015 salary cap, and the Raiders saved nearly $3 million in cap space by cutting him.
There was concern over how Branch would return following back-to-back seasons cut incredibly short by injury. He missed 14 games in 2013 with a fracture fibula and 13 games in 2014 with a fractured foot.
Branch is now an unrestricted free agent.
He is the first of a few expected cuts this offseason. The Raiders could part ways with a few more players with higher cap numbers and no dead money associated with their release. Defensive end LaMarr Woodley and quarterback Matt Schaub are expected to be among them.