The Raiders have announced they have re-signed veteran offensive lineman Khalif Barnes. The deal is likely another one-year contract which would make the sixth straight one-year deal Barnes has signed with the Raiders.
"I'm so excited to be back," Barnes said via press release. "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. 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."
The team moved Barnes to left guard last season due to necessity. He had started at right tackle the previous two seasons and was slated to be the starter there once again. That was until the team lost Jared Veldheer to a triceps injury, forcing Barnes to left tackle. Taking over at right tackle was newly signed veteran Tony Pashos.
The Raiders also used their second round pick last season on offensive tackle Menelik Watson but he was injured all of training camp and much of the season as well.
Barnes is a versatile offensive lineman who has been a steady veteran presence on the team the past five seasons. His return could signal one of many things. 1. They don't have a lot of confidence in Menelik Watson yet, 2. They have Barnes pegged to shore up the problems at left guard once again. 3. Simply for the value he brings as a versatile offensive lineman.
This makes the second offensive lineman brought back by the Raiders this off-season. They re-signed offensive guard Lamar Mady two weeks ago.