Khalif Barnes a Raider?


Could it be true?

To be honest I’m not sure what to believe. Don’t get me wrong, I want this to happen and hope that this fact and not another ESPN Raider debacle.

I’ll just say that I won’t believe this one until I see it on Raiders.com.

According to John Clayton, a senior football writer at ESPN and grand champion of “Magic: The Gathering, kbarnesKhalif Barnes has agreed to a one year deal with the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders had been courting Barnes for nearly three weeks and it was believed that the former Jaguar was headed elsewhere as talks broke down last week.

Clayton’s report, if correct, would prove quite a gain for the Oakland offensive line which was in need of an upgrade after the poor performance of Kwame “The False Start Machine” Harris in 2008.

Barnes is by no means going to be given the left tackle job from day one. His one year deal indicates that he’ll be in competition with Erik Pears, another free agent acquisition, and Mario Henderson who played very well after replacing Harris late in 2008.

This move helps the Raider draft philosophy come into focus as it appears that the offensive line may not be addressed in the first round. Perhaps the hopes of Michael Crabtree or a top notch defensive prospect being available at #7 are looking more promising as the Raider staff prepares for the first off-season workouts beginning this coming Monday.

I’m not putting too much stock in Barnes being much more than a band aid, but if he’s willing to come in on a short term deal to prove his worth, then I’m on board. As opposed to extending a long term contract to a marginal player,Tom Cable and o-line coach Jim Micalczik are putting together a winning philosophy by creating a healthy competition for jobs.

If by now you’re not on board with Cable and his staff, then I don’t know what more you need to know. This is a complete 180 from last off-season and it is clear that the Cable philosophy is as infectious in the front office as it is in the locker room.

Tags: Erik Pears Jim Michalczik Khalif Barnes Kwame Harris Mario Henderson Michael Crabtree Tom Cable

  • TITE

    MY BUDDY TELLS ME THAT THE EAGLES PICK UP RAIDERS SAFETY/BALLHAWK RASHARD BAKER SOMEONE TELL ME THIS ISN’T SO. I DON’T KNOW WHY HIS PLAYING TIME WAS SO LIMITED W/ THESE DAYS PPROLIFIC OFFENSES via PASSING GAME IT’S LUCRATIVE FOR THE SECONDARY TO HAVE A SAFETY WITH THAT ABILITY TO BE ROAMING THE FIELD ON PASSING DOWNS, THOUGH HIS TACKLING IS QUESTIONABLE. I ACTUALLY LIKE BRINGING IN A VETERAN LEFT TACKLE IN K BARNES ONE WHO HAS MADE LANES FOR TWO 1000 YARD RUSHERS IN THE SAME SEASON (JONES-DREW & F. TAYLOR). I STILL HAVE FAITH IN MICHAEL HUFF HE HAD A VERY GOOD YEAR IN 07. I DON’T NO IF MR. PANIC WAS ASKING HIM TO DO MORE THAN HE COULD HANDLE. I REMEMBER THE HUFF THAT STUFFED L TOMLINSON IN THE BACKFIELD FOR LOSTS & A SAFETY I THINK, WHEN LT WAS LT OF OLD HE JUST NEEDS SOMEONE TO BOOST HIS SELF ESTEEM AS WITH ALL THE RAIDERS, ESPECIALLY JEMARCUS RUSSELL.
    THE B.M.F MOVEMENT AKA BUSH, MCFADDDEN & FARGIS MOVEMENT THE 3 HEADED BEAST W/ MOVING FEET. THREE COMPLIMENTARY STYLES THAT RAIDER FANS LOVE. IN SAYING SO WE HAVE NOT SEEN WHAT MCFADDEN HAS TO OFFER THIS WILL BE HIS BREAK OUT YEAR, MARK THOSE WORDS WE THOUGHT WHEN HE GOT HERE HE WOULD POP IT OUT FOR HUGE GAINS POSSESION AFTER POSSESION BUT HTIS YEAR HE WOULD JUST STICK IT IN THERE WHEN THE POP OUT LANE WAS AVAILABLE FRUSTRATING RAIDER FAN WHO REMEMBER HIS “PATH TO THE DRAFT” JOURNEY, BUT A SOURCE CLOSE TO ME (MYSELF) SAID THAT MCFADDEN’S LACK OF THE POP-OUT WAS DO TO INJURY AND NOW THAT TOES IS HEALING IN TIME MINI-CAMPS. I ‘M A BLUE COLLAR WORKER TOTING LADDERS, CLIMBING BILLBOARDS AND INSTALLING SIGS ETC,. FOR AN ADVERTISING COMPANY, AND LAST WEEK I WAS STRUCK WITH AN IN-GROWN BIG TOENAIL. THE PAIN WAS A REAL NAIL BITER (NO PUN INTENDED), ESCRUCIATING PAIN W/ STEEL TOE BOOTS BY TIMBERLAND MADE MY WEEK TUFF BUT BEING A RAIDER I TOUGHENED IT OUT ALTHOUGH I WAS LITERALLY WALKING PIGEON TOED WHILE CARRYING A LADDER, I GOT TO THINKING ABOUT MCFADDEN’S TURF TOE I EVEN TRIED JUKING RIGHT AND LEFT AND BLOOD SPOTTED MY SOCK (JUST JOKING) BUT IT FELT LIKE IT. THEY SAY TURF TOE IS NO JOKE IF IT’E ANYTHING LIKE IN-GROWN DARREN MCFADDEN WILL BE POPPING LIKE POPCORN. BUT IT WILL BE PROVEN TO BE A GOOD INJURY THAT TAUGHT HIM HOW TO HIT NFL HOLES SO W/ AN OK ROOKIE SEASON OF ALL HOLE HITTING EXPERIENCE. THE RAIDERS WILL HAVE THE BEST RUNNING OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE RUSHING FOR 3000 YARDS BETWEEN 3 RB’s. BUT EVERY YEAR IM OPTOMISTIC ABOUT THE RAIDERS BUT BY FAR NOT AS ENTHUSED AS I AM THIS YEAR. GO RAIDERS GO

  • Snoopy

    Tite… nice read dude but please let off of the uppercase… It’s a hard thing to read and it looks like your yelling…

    Do as you wish ma brotha just my 2 cents… Otherwise good points and hopefully your toes 100% good to go now!!!

  • Dylan

    I had a MILD case in my right foot. It feels like there is a thumbtack that stabs you in the same spot every time you take a step.Mine wasn’t that bad and I was able to play and practice, but it’s one of those injuries that only time will heal.I couldn’t imagine having it bad in both feet. I can’t wait to see him at 100%.

  • COMPTON RAIDER TITE

    Snoopy good lookn. DOES ANYONE AGREE W/ ME THAT THE RAIDERS SHOULD GO PICK UP WR MATT JONES THAT WAS RECENTLY RELEASED BY JAX. THIS DUDE IS APPX. 6’5″ & RAN A 4.3 I THINK AT THE COMBINE, HE IS A GREAT LEAPER, A BIG DUDE & THATS WHAT J. RUSSELL NEEDS- A BIG GUY W/ BIG HANDS TO CATCH THOSE SCUDS HE SHOOTS. HE’S A PROBLEM CHILD BUT SEEMINGLY A GOOD LOCKER DUDE . I THINK THE RAIDERS CAN BRING HIM IN FOR 3 YEARS FOR 5 MILLION, 3 MILLION GUARANTEE (1 MIL PER YEAR) I DON’T KNOW CONTRACTS BUT I KNOW IF YOU HELP A BROTHER WHO WANTS HELP WHEN HE’S DOWN-HE WILL REPAY YOU FOUR FOLD. NOBODY WANTS THIS DUDE AND HE WAS THE TOP RECEIVER FOR THE JAGS LAST YEAR. SOMEBODY WITH CONNECTS TELL COACH TOM CABLE GO AFTER THIS GUY, I GOT $100 ON IT AND WILL PAY UP IF HE CHOKES. COACH YOUR A GENUINE PEOPLE PERSON WORK W/ HIM . TITE OUT