Reports: Cardinals to sign safety Tyvon Branch

Posted at 2:29 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 16:34:42-05

The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly adding a veteran safety to their roster -- which likely means they'll say goodbye to a long-time member of their team.

On Wednesday, multiple reports said the Cards have agreed to terms with veteran safety Tyvon Branch, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Fox Sports reports the deal is for two years and worth $10 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

Branch recorded 43 tackles for the Chiefs last season, and he returned his only interception for a touchdown at his former team, the Oakland Raiders, on Dec. 6, to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Branch was selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders. 

The addition of Branch could mean the end of free-agent safety Rashad Johnson's time in Arizona. Johnson, whom the Cards selected in the third round of the NFL Draft, has compiled 12 interceptions in his last three seasons, including five last year.