Raiders Re-Sign Barnes
By Bess Shapiro
The Oakland Raiders have resigned free agent offensive tackle Khalif Barnes to a new contract. Barnes, 31, has played for the Raiders since 2009 after coming over from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has played 123 career games and he has made 46 of his 103 starts with Oakland.
Barnes had a challenging season in 2013 with a fractured line that was without its star – left tackle Jared Veldheer – for most of the season due to a torn triceps. Normally a right tackle, Barnes shifted to left tackle in place of injured Veldheer for 11 games. He moved over to left guard when Veldheer returned. Barnes is the first of Oakland’s 18 unrestricted free agents to be resigned by the Raiders. Veldheer has not re-signed with the cup, yet, but as arguably one of the best players on this struggling team, he will.
The terms of Barnes’ new deal are unknown, but his previous deals have been year-to-year.