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Raiders sign veteran OT Alex Barron

3/26/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Oakland Raiders added their first offensive free agent of the market this offseason by signing veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron, team General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced on Tuesday.
 
Standing at 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, Alex Barron adds both size and depth to the Oakland Raiders’ offensive tackle rotation. However, Alex Barron hasn’t played since the 2010 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
 
In the season opener against the Washington Redskins that season, Alex Barron made his first and only start for the Dallas Cowboys. As the clock expired, quarterback Tony Romo hit Roy Williams in the end zone with what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown pass, but it was called back after Alex Barron was flagged with a holding penalty. Alex Barron played 10 more games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010.
 
Originally picked in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, Alex Barron was traded to the Dallas Cowboys before the 2010 season. Previously the Florida State standout Alex Barron spent five seasons with the St. Louis Rams starting 74 of 76 games during that stretch.
 
Alex Barron signed with the New Orleans Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2011, but he was placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury and was eventually waived. The 30-year-old Alex Barron joined the Seattle Seahawks during the 2012 training camp but still didn’t make the team’s regular season roster.
 
The versatile offensive tackle has played a total 87 games while starting 75 at both left and right (primarily) tackle in his NFL career. The Oakland Raiders recently re-signed their own free agent tackle Khalif Barnes at the right side of the offensive line, while they already have fourth-year veteran Jared Veldheer at left tackle, who is expected to keep his starting job. Though Alex Barron’s roster spot isn’t guaranteed, he will compete against Khalif Barnes at right tackle.
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