Chiefs express interest in bringing back S Tyvon Branch

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Dec. 6, 2015; Oakland; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch during a break in action against the Raiders at O.co Coliseum. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Dec. 6, 2015; Oakland; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyvon Branch during a break in action against the Raiders at O.co Coliseum. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Kansas City Chiefs have three safeties scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the league’s new calendar year begins on March 9.

And at least one of the three players is confirmed to be on the radar while the Chiefs are at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Chiefs have expressed interest in bringing back Tyvon Branch, a source on Thursday told ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs don’t comment on contract negotiations.

The 29-year-old Branch played seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders before signing a one-year contract with the Chiefs in 2015.

The signing was viewed as a “prove it” deal after Branch suffered a broken leg in 2013 and a foot injury in 2014, injuries that caused him to appear in just five games during that span.

Branch, however, arguably did his part to prove his worth to the Chiefs the past season.

He appeared in all 16 games with one start on 428 total defensive snaps. Branch produced 40 tackles (33 solo), an interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble returned for a touchdown and four passes defensed.

Along with Branch, the other Chiefs safeties scheduled to become free agents are Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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