He's baaaaaaack! The Raiders and Khalif Barnes have yet again realized that they are better off with each other as the team has decided to re-sign their starting right tackle according to Steve Corkoran of the Bay Area News Group. AP is reporting the contract is a one-year, $2 million deal.
Barnes was a free agent and it was thought the team would look to replace him as he is not a good fit in the new zone blocking scheme they are implementing. Although, he did have one of his better seasons in quite some time, he has been the weak link on an otherwise very strong offensive unit.
There are still good options available at right tackle. The number one zone blocking right tackle on the market was former Houston Texan, Eric Winston who signed with the Chiefs.
It appears the team will be content with Barnes competing with the likes of Joseph Barksdale for the starting right tackle position. The team has already addressed the guard position with the free agent signing of another former Texan zbs lineman, Mike Brisiel as well as the re-signing of Cooper Carlisle.
But as for right tackle, the Raiders will either wait to see if one of the remaining free agents would agree to a low cost contract or perhaps wait until the draft. In the meantime they can focus on other need positions.