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OT Barron speaks with media after signing with Raiders

Here’s what offensive tackle Alex Barron had to say in a conference call with Bay Area media Tuesday, shortly after he signed with the Raiders:

Q: What other teams did you talk to and what made you decide to want to come to the Raiders?
Barron: It wasn’t a whole lot of teams. There were a few teams that I had to work out, that I been talking to. Not to mention, it was just a few teams who had seen me perform and do some things out there that looked pretty good or in shape or whatever. 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. We had a pretty good relationship and I feel as though I can come in and help the team however it may be. But I feel like I can help them.

Q: You tried out for a few other teams and you spent camp with the Seahawks…what opportunities do you see with the Raiders that you may not have seen with those other teams?
Barron: I just had a sense of 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 continue whatever they’ve already started and proceed on to the goals that they’re trying to make as a team.

Q: How is your knee? How is your health? Are you completely back to where you were before?
Barron: Yeah, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m healthy. I’m able to do some things I maybe had a little trouble with before when I was injured. I’m good to go.

Q: Was the knee still a factor last summer when you were in camp with Seattle?
Barron: No, it wasn’t really a factor. Right now it’s back to 100 percent totally and I’m looking forward to working with the Raiders.

Q: Between 2006 and 2009 you were pretty much a full-time starter. What do you think happened between then and now aside from the injury?
Barron: I’m not here to say. I’m just looking forward to this new opportunity out in California to get that going, start working the team and the coaches and we can get a good thing going.

Q: What have you been focusing on the most in your game since the last time you set foot in training camp with an NFL team?
Barron: 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 detect some things that he may see. I’ve heard about him. He’s a pretty good coach and I heard he’s a pretty good teacher, also. And his knowledge of the game is A-1 and I’m just getting eager to get in there and learn everything he can show me or tell me, make my game better and help the team.

Q: How much has not playing these last few years made you miss football?
Barron: A lot. More than I would ever know. Anybody who has been in this situation, 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; it takes away from you. 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.

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  • ElkGRaider

    First?

  • raiderzmaverick

    irjonny Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    There is at least one QB in this draft that will make it in the nfl. Even if pundits say its a weak class. Palmer isn’t going anywhere unless we get an offer or the QB we evaluate as that guy falls to us where we want him. If neither of those things happen I expect QB free agents and a Palmer cut after June 1st to spread out the cap hit unless he takes less money to start
    =================================
    NO reason to really cut Carson after 1 June. We don’t want to spread the cap hit. We have cap room now to sign players. Just aren’t doing it. If we’re gonna cut him, can do so right after the draft, but I think is stupid to do so. Saving us money doesn’t make any difference if we’re not going to spend it.

  • ElkGRaider

    2nd

  • raiderzmaverick

    Woohoo! The interview we were holding our breath for!

  • rediaR

    Irjonny Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:23 pm
    There is at least one QB in this draft that will make it in the nfl.
    —————
    Not necessarily. Or at least it depends what you mean by “make it”. A few could be backups for a while, but are any of them going to be high level starters? It happens. 07 was barren. 02 was nothing unless you count a couple years of whatever David Garrard was doing. There doesn’t HAVE to be a QB from this class that makes it.

  • jackasspuria

    Was reading a Forbes story about NFL owners and their net worth.

    Mark Davis is rated in the bottom 5 in terms of net worth. He’s probably all good with the McKenzie frugal plan. For all we know, Davis could be the one saying don’t spend big.

    Another interesting fact from the Forbes’ article, 17 teams are owned by billionaires. Seattle’s Paul Allen is the richest amongst the 32 owners.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • dr_robert

    EXTEND REGGIE NOW! (c)

  • jackasspuria

    CUT MARK’S HAIR NOW!

  • dr_robert

    Hunter–who are you talking to? Why do u purposely try to annoy everyone?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    You never know what can happen when you call Gil Brandt, the Godfather of the NFL Draft. I rang him Tuesday to ask how Vince Young looked at Texas Pro Day. Gil simply handed the phone to Young so I could ask him.

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    “I think I did OK,” Young said. “Mostly it was just being here for the guys. That was my mindset and just showing the rest of the scouts that I’m still training and staying in shape.”

    Young is taking 15 credits at Texas this semester and will graduate in May, but he said he has spent a lot of time working on his footwork in daily throwing sessions. Texas co-offensive coordinator and QB coach Major Applewhite told Around The League that Young has better body control, rhythm and anticipation than he used to.

    Brandt was more effusive in his praise, saying Young “put on a show” and was “magnificent” passing the ball in the pocket and on the run. Brandt touted Young’s accuracy; a few of Young’s long tosses to Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd.

    Young has struggled with verbiage at the NFL level, failing to catch on with the Buffalo Bills in training camp last season. He seemed like a perfect fit for the Philadelphia Eagles but didn’t last there. Young said he has returned to the basics.

    “That’s my craft. … That’s all I do in the offseason. Mechanics,” Young said. “When it’s time for me to get ready for the season, I’m so focused on the plays, the preparation, you don’t want to be thinking about footwork when you get with the team.”

    But will Young be with a team? NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport previously reported the Oakland Raiders had “preliminary” conversations about having Young in for a workout. Brandt said he got a mixed reaction when he asked teams about potential interest, but some were open to the possibility of looking at Young. His best bet could be in an offense backing up a mobile quarterback (perhaps the Raiders if Carson Palmer is cut?).

    Young said he was unsure where things stood with NFL teams. He understands he’s not guaranteed another chance.

    “My agent is working on it,” Young said. “All I know is we got some teams with interest, so that’s the good part about it. Just hoping for that blessing and opportunity.”

    So what teams would those be?

    “I know a couple, but I don’t want (to) put that information out there,” Young said, laughing. “… I’m not supposed to be talking to you right now. But I did it for my guy.”

    In Gil we trust.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000153988/article/vince-young-participates-in-texas-pro-day

  • ElkGRaider

    EXTEND REGGIE…NOW…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    STEPHEN A SMITH on what the RAIDERS SHOULD DO WITH CARSON PALMER..

    http://youtu.be/R1d7fj7mPPc

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    ESETERIK78 Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    632.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:08 pm
    STEPHEN A SMITH on what the RAIDERS SHOULD DO WITH CARSON PALMER..

    http://youtu.be/R1d7fj7mPPc

    ————————–

    Saw it earlier and thought wow for once I actually agree with something those turds say.

    ——————–

    I know right? TRUTH

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Wow so you post garbage rumors about Palmer from “league sources” stating “no brainer” outcomes then you post a non story about a camp fodder player, now the interview of the same player. I know both of you have twitter. You do know Tracy Porter is visiting right? You know someone posted this interview hours ago on this board right?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    Right here ON THE MONEY

    http://youtu.be/R1d7fj7mPPc

    ***

    co-signed!!

    ———————

    STEPHEN A has most of our viewpoint on this whole debacle right now

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    RaidO Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    Right here ON THE MONEY

    http://youtu.be/R1d7fj7mPPc

    ***

    co-signed!!
    —————–

    Stephen A. Smith speaks the truth.
    All Raider fans should see this.

    ———————–

    Speak on it!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    dr_robert Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hunter–who are you talking to? Why do u purposely try to annoy everyone?
    ===========================================

    Cunter is a bronco troll. It is widely known.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bill Williamson ‏@espn_afcwest 3h

    #Raiders CB Tracy Porter will visit Oakland Wednesday. He was in New Orleans on Monday. Both teams want him. Decision should be soon.

  • rediaR

    PRETEND VEGGIE TAO!

  • ElkGRaider

    Jack…

    Net worth means nothing. We have revenue sharing and a cap

  • dr_robert

    Stephen a smith is a buffoon. Talks just to hear himself talk. Never heard him say anything remotely insightful. Just loud. And that’s not the same thing. He’s basically a carnival barker.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    ESPN FIRST TAKE … STEPHEN A SMITH.. sticks up for RAIDER FANS.. and what they should do with CARSON PALMER. Was on this morning.

    Right here ON THE MONEY

    http://youtu.be/R1d7fj7mPPc

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Dude enough with the SAA take. It is posted on here like 10 times in 23 posts. Like I said earlier I like his passion but he is a classic stage 1 thinker. So you dump Carson – now what. I will tell you what SAA, you will have another year of Raider suffering followed by a purging and two more years of Raider fan suffering. Love the passion but very short sighted.

  • dr_robert

    I love it actually. Stephen a smith and skip bayless are the spokespeople for the Pryor brigade.

    Proof positive that I’m right. Cuz smith and bayless are morons.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    SAS not SAA…

  • jackasspuria

    Did you guys see the picture of Jared Veldheer?

    https://twitter.com/NFLONFOX/status/316689597432201216/photo/1

    Raiders are going to power blocking scheme next year and it appears No. 68 took it to heart…

  • rooch

    This guys was a false start/penalty machine in Dallas. I would say this is a bad pick-up, but I know he isn’t making it out of training camp.

  • redshirt

    Here’s the skinny on Palmer. He had an above average season in 2012 in terms of total yards, was decent with 22 TDs. Threw a decent amount of picks as well, but he was the least of this teams problems. Not a great year, but not a bad year either. HOWEVER, he is getting older and on the decline. Bottom line – HE’S NOT WORTH THE MONEY. He HAS to restructure or he’s gone (via trade or release).

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    RaidO Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    Right here ON THE MONEY

    http://youtu.be/R1d7fj7mPPc

    ***

    co-signed!!
    —————–

    Stephen A. Smith speaks the truth.
    All Raider fans should see this.

    ———————–

    Speak on it!
    ============================================

    Jeezus H. Christ that was the dumbest effing thing ever put on TV. lst off, Smith says he would like Palmer to go to the Jets. In his thick NY accent. Wonder who he is a fan of? And that is After he contradicts himself and says Palmer is done, and then says Palmer can still play. And if that nonsense isn’t enough, Bayless wants Vince Young back in the league? To mentor others?? What is this, the stupid comedy hour?

  • PilagingJustForFun

    WE NEED HELP!!!!!! B@!TCH

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Jeezus H. Christ that was the dumbest effing thing ever put on TV. lst off, Smith says he would like Palmer to go to the Jets. In his thick NY accent. Wonder who he is a fan of? And that is After he contradicts himself and says Palmer is done, and then says Palmer can still play. And if that nonsense isn’t enough, Bayless wants Vince Young back in the league? To mentor others?? What is this, the stupid comedy hour?

    *********************
    That was WORD!

  • redshirt

    Barron: It wasn’t a whole lot of teams. There were a few teams that I had to work out, that I been talking to. Not to mention, it was just a few teams who had seen me perform and do some things out there that looked pretty good or in shape or whatever. 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. We had a pretty good relationship and I feel as though I can come in and help the team however it may be. But I feel like I can help them.

    *******

    Riiight. “But at the end of the day” they were the only team interested or offered you the most money.

  • dr_robert

    Barron is what’s called “taking a flyer”. No big deal. Low risk.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    redshirt Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Here’s the skinny on Palmer. He had an above average season in 2012 in terms of total yards, was decent with 22 TDs. Threw a decent amount of picks as well, but he was the least of this teams problems. Not a great year, but not a bad year either. HOWEVER, he is getting older and on the decline. Bottom line – HE’S NOT WORTH THE MONEY. He HAS to restructure or he’s gone (via trade or release).
    ========================================

    The price of QB’s is going up. Flacco just broke the bank. And Flacco had pretty pedestrian numbers this year. So Palmer is worth the money. And Brady and Manning are both playing late into their 30′s. Favre played til 40. So we still have conceivably 5-6 years of Palmer. RGIII might have ended his career after one year. And they gave up three number ones, a number two and a third rounder for him. And we have no backup, no backup plan, and if Geno Smith is the 3rd overall pick, that would be catastrophic. So, here we are back to Palmer and his pay scale.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The price of QB’s is going up. Flacco just broke the bank. And Flacco had pretty pedestrian numbers this year. So Palmer is worth the money. And Brady and Manning are both playing late into their 30’s. Favre played til 40. So we still have conceivably 5-6 years of Palmer. RGIII might have ended his career after one year. And they gave up three number ones, a number two and a third rounder for him. And we have no backup, no backup plan, and if Geno Smith is the 3rd overall pick, that would be catastrophic. So, here we are back to Palmer and his pay scale.
    ——————————–
    Moronic.

  • dr_robert

    Palmer or Geno.

    Not Pryor. Who sucks.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Fire reggie now!!!

  • Chris in NY

    Seymour knows.

  • dr_robert

    Kell–I’m starting to think u may just be slow.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Semour Bush

    I do not watch BSPN much. Is SAS and SB commentary kind of a parody on sports commentary sort of like Saturday night live or scary movie? After watching it and seeing your post I am begining to wonder.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    People in here quoting Stephen A Smith? Wow, schit must be pretty thin.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Moronic.
    ======================================

    Spoken like a true moron.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Love the clip

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Semour Bush

    I do not watch BSPN much. Is SAS and SB commentary kind of a parody on sports commentary sort of like Saturday night live or scary movie? After watching it and seeing your post I am begining to wonder.
    ===========================================

    It has to be. I have never seen such idiotic commentary before in my life. But again, their job is to get ratings, not fill the video waves with knowledge and insight. The dumbed down fan laps it up like a drunk laps up a spilled forty ouncer in the gutter.

  • jackasspuria

    Looked up the highest paid QB’s (base salary) for the upcoming season…

    2013:
    No. 1 Peyton Manning $20
    No. 2 Carson Palmer $13

    2014:

    No. 1 Peyton Manning $20
    No. 2 Eli Manning $15.5
    No. 3 Carson Palmer $15

    Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco who signed a monster deal, his base salary for the upcoming season is $1 million.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    GENO!!!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dr_robert Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Kell–I’m starting to think u may just be slow.
    ————————–
    Well I think you’re a cross-posting troll Btch……………………

  • jackasspuria

    Looked up the highest paid QB’s (base salary) for the upcoming season…

    2013:
    No. 1 Peyton Manning $20 million
    No. 2 Carson Palmer $13 million

    2014:

    No. 1 Peyton Manning $20 million
    No. 2 Eli Manning $15.5 million
    No. 3 Carson Palmer $15 million

    Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco who signed a monster deal, his base salary for the upcoming season is $1 million.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    No VD I mean VY!