One of the ongoing themes for the cap space-strapped Raiders this offseason has been the team’s crusade to create cap relief. On Thursday, the team managed to create around $5 million in cap room after reportedly restructuring Tyvon Branch’s contract.
According to Steve Corkran, the safety’s base salary in 2013 will drop from $6 million to $715,000. To compensate, the Raiders added two years to Branch’s deal for 2016 and 2017, worth $6.5 million each.
Despite the reshuffling, Branch’s salary in 2014 and 2015 remains the same. The Raiders and Branch initially agreed to a four-year deal last season.
Branch had 94 tackles and one interception in 14 games in 2012.
The restructuring puts the Raiders more than $6 million clear of the cap line. Free agency begins on Tuesday.