Right tackle Khalif Barnes will be back with the Raiders next season after he and the team reportedly agreed to a new contract on Wednesday.
Barnes is the first of the Raiders’ 17 unrestricted free agents at the start of free agency who didn’t jump at the chance to get the hell out of Oakland. The team was previously 0-fer in retaining Philip Wheeler, Desmond Bryant, Brandon Myers and Matt Shaugnessy, all key players last season who could have been solid contributors in 2013.
Barnes, entering his fifth year with the Raiders, started nine games last season after missing time due to a torn groin. He started every game in 2011.
It’s not a sexy signing but it does mean the Raiders retain stability on the right side of their O-line. Barnes thrived in the power blocking scheme in 2011, and that’s the scheme the Raiders will be bringing back next season.