Myself and Josh Dubow of Associated Press spoke to Oakland Raiders recently signed offensive tackle, Alex Barron today. Here is the transcript of that conversation.
Have you spoken to many teams?
"Not too many. Just a few teams, who had probably seen me perform and do some things out there. But at the end of the day the Raiders, I felt like they had the most interest and the most belief and I went along with it. I felt like the Raiders as a whole... I know one or two people on the staff from the past and we had a pretty good relationship and I feel as though I can come in and help the team, however that may be, I feel like I can help them."
You tried out for a few other team last year and were in camp with the Seahawks, what opportunities do you see with the Raiders that you may not have had with those other teams?
"As a fit it's what direction that I feel like and what I've been told the Raiders are going in, football wise, team wise, staff wise, player wise, I just feel as though I can come in and be [part of] what they've already started and I can proceed on into the goals they're trying to make as a team."
How is your knee, are you completely healthy now?
"Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good, I'm healthy, I'm able to do some things that maybe I had trouble with before when I was injured but I'm good to go."
Was the knee a factor when you were in camp with Seattle?
"No, it wasn't really a factor. Right now it's back to 100% totally and I'm just looking forward to working with the Raiders."
You had been a full time starter from 2006-09, what happened between then and now, aside from the injury?
"I'm not here to say. I'm just looking forward to this new opportunity out in California, to get that going and start working with the team and the coaches so we can get a good thing going."
What have you been focusing on in your game since the last time you set foot in training camp?
"I've just been working on all-around things, not necessarily working on particular things. When I get in there, get more in detail with coach Sparano and some of the other coaches, he can't detect some things that he may see... I've heard about him. He's a pretty good coach and I've heard he's a pretty good teacher also and his knowledge of the game is [as good as] anyone and I'm eager to get in there and learn everything that he can show me or tell me, make my game better and help the team."
How much did you miss football this last two years?
"A lot more than I would ever know. Or anybody who's been in that situation, I mean they know. The love for the game is unmatched. It's almost equal to none. When you're away from it, it takes out of you and you realize that if you didn't know before, that actually makes you notice a little more because when it's gone, it's gone. You want to do your best to stay on track, be on top of your game so you can continue."