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Raiders re-sign versatile lineman Khalif Barnes

The Raiders resigned offensive lineman Khalif Barnes yesterday, the team announced.

Barnes, who has been with Raiders the last five seasons, said that he re-signed with the team, in part, because he has unfinished business in Oakland.

Barnes told the Raiders in-house media, ““I’m so excited to be back. I’m going on my sixth year here, and we’ve had some ups and downs but there are some unfinished things we have to do here. I want to be a part of the process that turns this thing around.”

He added, “I believe in Dennis [Allen] and I believe in Reggie [McKenzie]. I am just excited I get the chance to come back and help this team win.”

Barnes, a nine year veteran, was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2005 Draft. He was signed as a free agent to Oakland and played mostly at right tackle, here.

Last year, the Raiders looked to start phasing Barnes out at RT by drafting Menelik Watson early in the second round but that did not work well for Oakland as Watson came into camp out of shape, quickly got injured, and never really recovered the entire season.

Instead, Barnes was one of the most dependable and moveable players on the offensive line. As needed, Barnes has played both tackle positions in the past and, when the starter LT Jared Veldheer came back from offseason surgery last year, he volunteered to move to left Guard so that he could continue to start and to help the team.

Barnes’ deal was for one year. Terms were not disclosed.

About Asher Mathews

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