Monday afternoon, Raiders free agent offensive lineman Khalif Barnes was pulled over for an expired registration and at the scene allegedly failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Barnes, 33, was arrested on the Eden Canyon Road off-ramp of eastbound Interstate 580 in Castro Valley about 4 p.m. Sunday, said Officer Derek Reed, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail after failing a series of field sobriety tests and was cited and released after sobering up, officials said.
Barnes originally signed with the Raiders on a one-year deal as a free agent from Jacksonville. For the past seven years, he has been a stalwart along the Raiders offensive line, making starts at every position but center, and each time under a one-year deal. This was the first offseason in seven years the Raiders hadn't brought him back on a one-year deal and appear to have moved on. He was well liked by his Raiders teammates and valued as a leader in the locker room.
As the Chronicle report noted, this is not the first time Barnes has been arrested for driving drunk. In 2006, just his second season in the NFL, he was arrested and pleaded no contest. He was given probation for the incident. At 33, it's possible his playing days are done, but if not, the possibility of a suspension could complicate his hopes of being signed by a team and continuing his playing career.