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Raiders re-sign one of their prospective free agents

The Raiders re-signed veteran offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday, making Barnes the first of the team’s 18 prospective unrestricted free agents to be locked up before free agency begins.
Barnes, who turns 32 in late April, spent the past five seasons with the Raiders, mostly at right offensive tackle.
He started 11 games at left offensive tackle last season in relief of injured regular Jared Veldheer. Barnes moved to left guard for the final five games upon Veldheer’s return.
“I’m so excited to be back,” Barnes said in a team 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.”
The Raiders now have three of their starting offensive linemen under contract, along with center Stefen Wisniewski and right guard Mike Brisiel. Veldheer and veteran Tony Pashos are unsigned. The Raiders are adamant about wanting to re-sign Veldheer.
The Raiders are allowed to negotiate with their players until March 8 without competition from other teams. At that point, other teams are allowed to jump in the fray in advance of the start of free agency March 11.

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Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Raiders live chat Wednesday at noon

Join Steve Corkran as he talks about how potential Raiders draft picks fared at the NFL Combine, and which of the players would fit best in Oakland.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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Raiders take close look at Manziel

Former Raiders All-Pro quarterback Rich Gannon calls Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel a “bad fit” for the Raiders. Maybe so, but that hasn’t deterred the Raiders from considering Manziel as their quarterback of the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014
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Raiders sign CB Jones to contract extension

The Raiders signed cornerback Taiwan Jones to a three-year contract extension Monday, keeping the local product in a silver-and-black uniform through the 2017 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014
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Atkinson III shows impressive speed at scouting combine

The Raiders can address a glaring need at kick returner by turning to a familiar face in George Atkinson III, who sparkled at the NFL scouting combine Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
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QB Bridgewater meets with McKenzie, Davis at combine

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is considered by some as the best prospect among a deep class of quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft. The Raiders just might feel the same way, given they interviewed Bridgewater at the NFL scouting combine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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LB Sam wants to be viewed as a football player

Michael Sam, who is hopeful of being the first openly gay player in the NFL, said Saturday that he has another goal that he hopes to accomplish. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Clowney plans on being gone by time Raiders pick at No. 5

Finding a legitimate every-down pass rusher is on Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie’s lengthy to-do list this offseason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Raiders checking out QBs at combine

Filed for print . . .

General manager Reggie McKenzie finally has a level playing field, but having more than $60 million available under the salary cap and a full complement of draft picks won’t get the Raiders turned around unless he finds a quarterback.
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Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014
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Raiders’ Allen at combine

Raiders coach Dennis Allen talked with reporters at the NFL scouting combine Thursday and also with Sirius XM radio.
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Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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