Chiefs sign Tyvon Branch to one-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs announced Tuesday morning the signing of free-agent safety Tyvon Branch.

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis; Then-Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) during the game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis; Then-Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) during the game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

While the Chiefs did not disclose the terms of the deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports Branch signed a one-year contract with more than $2 million guaranteed.

“We are excited we were able to reach a deal with Tyvon and bring him to Kansas City,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “He is a physical player who we feel can help our defense. We’re looking forward to having him.”

Branch is a seven-year NFL veteran, having spent his entire career with the Oakland Raiders as Oakland’s fourth-round pick (100th overall) out of Connecticut in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Branch has appeared in 75 games with 67 starts, totaling 461 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and eight sacks to along with four career interceptions.

Branch will add depth to a positioned thinned by free agency and question marks.

Safeties Ron Parker and Kurt Coleman are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the league’s calendar year starts at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Moreover, the immediate future of Eric Berry, who is battling lymphoma, remains unclear.

The Chiefs return safeties Daniel Sorensen and potentially Kelcie McCray from the 2014 roster. McCray is scheduled to be a restricted free agent

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