After losing out on getting a deal done the first time around, this time all sides have agreed, and the Raiders have finally landed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, signing him to a deal. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, the Raiders have gotten Barnes to ink a one-year deal.
“I think this is a great opportunity and place for me to start fresh,” Barnes said. “I’m excited to be part of helping this franchise get back on top and I will have a shot to be the starter at left tackle and that’s all I can ask for. I have a lot to prove and I’m betting on myself by agreeing to a one-year contract. [Raiders owner] Mr. [Al] Davis has a track record of taking care of his own guys and he promised me the same, if I take care of my business on and off the field.”
Barnes spoke last week to the Tampa Bay Bucs, but went back to the Raiders. The two sides had been talking awhile ago, but it looked like the deal was dead when they were actually close to getting it done. This time around, the sides have agreed on a deal, and Barnes could compete for a starting job on the Raiders O-line.
With Kwame Harris no longer on the roster after being released, the left tackle spot is open, and Barnes will be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job. Barnes was a second-round pick of the Jaguars who has been starting at that position since his rookie season.