The Kansas City Chiefs signed seven-year NFL veteran safety Tyvon Branch on Monday.
The former Oakland Raider, who has played in 75 career games with 67 starts, all with the Raiders, can't wait to play on the right side of Arrowhead Stadium this fall.
"I think on the national anthem when they say, 'Home of the Chiefs!' I think I'm going to go a little crazy when I hear that," Branch said.
"It's so loud in there. I'm excited to be on the other side of it now and have them rooting for me instead of against me."
But for Branch, the opportunity to play for the Chiefs defense, which ranked No. 2 in the NFL last year in scoring by allowing just 17.6 points per game, made Kansas City the right fit for him.
"I'm just excited to play in that defense," he said. "I'm very relentless out on the field. I've got that never-say-quit mentality and I go hard. It's already a great defense, I'm just trying to put my little special sauce on it."
What's most often associated with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's scheme is a downhill, physical mentality, something Branch feels suits him well.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of safety, Tyvon Branch
"That's my style of play," he explained. "I like to play physical and this defense definitely caters to what I like to do. I get to play fast and with that front four, the way they've been playing, I can play fast in that defense."
After missing just two games between 2009 and 2012, Branch has dealt with injuries over the past two seasons, allowing him to play in just five games combined.
When healthy, Branch showed that he can produce at a very high level, having more than 90 tackles in each of those four seasons in Oakland.
Now that he's with the Chiefs, Branch is excited about making the most of his opportunity.
"I had some setbacks and I'm just excited to have another opportunity," he said. "Every opportunity you get to play this game is a blessing, and I'm blessed to have an opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs."