It’s a do-over for Khalif Barnes.
Hoping to jump-start his career by signing a one-year contract with the Raiders last season, Barnes is again on board for 2010, the Raiders confirmed.
A second-round draft pick out of Washington in 2005, Barnes was not given a qualifying offer _ possibly because he knew a contract was near.
A broken ankle sustained during training camp prevented Barnes from mounting a challenge to be the starting left tackle _ although Mario Henderson later said he was told he would be the starter regardless.
Barnes was initially reluctant to move to the right side _ although he eventually took a some practice snaps there _ but never made his way on to the field for a sustained length of time. Barnes also got in some work at guard.
As the season progressed, Langston Walker, signed after being released by Buffalo and seemingly not a fit for the Raiders zone blocking system at more than 360 pounds, had bypassed Barnes.
It seemed unusual at the time, given the fact that Tom Cable had pushed for Barnes’ signing during free agency.
Whatever issues the Raiders coaching staff had with Barnes appear to have been resolved.
Given that he could have signed with anyone for at least a few hours, Barnes is the Raiders’ first free agent signing.