Tyler Brayton during his tenure with the Raiders.
No. -- Free Agent
|Date of birth:November 20, 1979|
|Place of birth: Richland, Washington|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32|
|Debuted in 2003 for the Oakland Raiders|
|Roster status: Free Agent|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tyler Brayton (born November 20, 1979) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 32nd overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado.
Brayton has also played for the Carolina Panthers.
In 47 games at the University of Colorado, Brayton recorded 152 tackles with 12.5 sacks, 25 stops for losses, 34 quarterback pressures, 17 third-down hits, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and six pass deflections. He majored in Spanish.
Brayton was the last NFL draft pick in the first round in 2003, after Oakland acquired the first-round pick from the eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for head coach Jon Gruden at the end of the 2001 season. Gruden became the Buccaneers coach after Tony Dungy's firing, with the latter taking over as the Indianapolis Colts coach when Jim E. Mora was fired the same year. Brayton was one of two Raiders selected in the first round in 2003; the other was Nnamdi Asomugha. In his debut season, he played and started in all 16 games and finished the campaign with 61 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The following season, he recorded 45 tackles, 2.5 sacks and his first career interception at the Kansas City Chiefs on December 25. During the 2005 season, Brayton played in all 16 games, notching up three starts and finished the season with 16 tackles and one sack. In 2006 he finished with 42 tackles. In his final year with the Raiders, Brayton finished the season with 11 tackles.
On November 6, 2006 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Brayton kneed Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin after Stevens had kneed him, and was ejected. Brayton was later fined $25,000 by the NFL  and Stevens was fined $15,000.
On March 4, 2008, Brayton was signed by the Carolina Panthers. In his first season at the Panthers, he played and started in all 16 games and finished the campaign with 40 tackles and a career-high 4.5 sacks.
On December 12, 2010 in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Tyler Brayton came off the bench and elbowed Atlanta Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens in the head while Owens was running along the Carolina sideline as part of the punt coverage unit. The NFL fined Tyler Brayton $15,000 for the illegal hit, but no suspension or further disciplinary action is expected. Carolina released him on July 29, 2011.
- College Statistics Carolina Panthers website
- "Brayton gets fine, but no suspension", San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 2008.
- Career Statistics Stats courtesy of nfl.com
- http://www.everything-colts.com/offseasoncentral.htm Everything-Colts.com
- "Oakland Raiders official bio", Oakland Raiders website, February 16, 2008.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • CBS Sports • Yahoo! Sports • SI.com • Pro-Football-Reference • Rotoworld
- Tyler Brayton profile by the Oakland Raiders
- Tyler Brayton profile by the Carolina Panthers
- Tyler Brayton profile by the Indianapolis Colts