Branch and Carr provide snap value

How much would Brandon Carr and Tyvon Branch be missed by their teams if they departed as free agents?

Well, their teams would have to make up for a lot of missed snaps.

Branch -- a strong safety from Oakland -- and Carr -- a cornerback from Kansas City -- led all AFC West defensive backs in snap percentage during the 2011 season. Branch played 99.13 of Oakland’s defensive snaps last season. Carr played 96.82 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps.

Both players are set to be unrestricted free agents in March.

Both players will likely be very attractive on the open market. They are ascending players and their snap counts show how reliable and durable they are. Expect the Raiders and Chiefs to try to keep them.

I could see San Diego making a run at Branch and I could see Oakland being among the teams interested in Carr if he gets free.

Teams pay players to play, and these numbers prove that a team will get its money’s worth with these two players.