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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Poll results: Franchise Tyvon Branch

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

It appears that Raider Nation values starting players more than backups, even a key backup.

Can’t say I blame them.

In our AFC West poll this week, we asked if the Raiders should give the franchise tag to running back Michael Bush or safety Tyvon Branch. As of 7:45 p.m. ET Wednesday, 64 percent of the voters believe Branch should be franchised, while 36 percent think Bush should be franchised. Nearly 7,000 votes were tallied.

I can see why the idea of franchising Branch had so much support. He is one of the better players on a defense that needs to be improved. Bush is solid, but he is a backup to starter Darren McFadden.

Because McFadden is injury prone, there is some support for Bush to be franchised, but the idea of giving him the tag over a key starter isn’t appealing, at least, to our poll voters. Thanks to everyone who played along.