Chiefs Sign S Tyvon Branch

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has signed safety Tyvon Branch.

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"We are excited we were able to reach a deal with Tyvon and bring him to Kansas City," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "He is a physical player who we feel can help our defense. We're looking forward to having him."

Branch (6-0, 210)has played in 75 games (67 starts) in seven NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2008-14). His career numbers include 461 tackles (355 solo), 25 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks (-83.0 yards), 12 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He owns four career interceptions and 19 passes defensed. He started 57 consecutive games from 2009 to 2012.

The Cicero, New York, native, originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick (100th overall) of the Oakland Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Connecticut where he played in 48 games (31 starts) in four years with the program. Branch prepped at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in his hometown.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of safety, Tyvon Branch

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