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2016 NFL free agency: Arizona Cardinals to try to sign Tyvon Branch

Arizona has targeted a long, fast safety.

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The Arizona Cardinals have struck out on some reported targets for the pass rush, but they are apparently actively looking for help in the secondary. As they hope to add length and speed to the safety position, they are reportedly going after nine-year veteran safety Tyvon Branch, who spent eight years with the Oakland Raiders and last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Branch, at six feet tall, give the Cardinals a little more length in the secondary and, many years ago when he came out of college, he was a speedster, running a 4.26-second 40-yard dash.

The report comes from Mike Garafolo, who says the Chiefs were informed Branch will not return. He will visit the Cardinals and the team wants to "close the deal quickly."

Branch had 43 tackles, a sack, an interception and a touchdown last season in Kansas City. He played in all 16 games but started only one, and in the previous two seasons, he played a combined five games.

Is he the guy to come in and start? Or will he be veteran depth? With Rashad Johnson a free agent, perhaps his veteran presence will be wanted.

Should the Cardinals sign Branch?


According to Jason La Canfora, the Cards are finalizing a two-year contract with Branch.