Oakland Raiders Extend Khalif Barnes Contract


August 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Khalif Barnes (69, right) blocks Detroit Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (99) during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders have signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes to a one-year contract extension through 2015, according to multiple Raiders and league insiders.

Barnes extension has a maximum value of $2 million, with a $970,000 base salary.

Barnes has played seven games for the Silver and Black this season as a veteran presence on the Raiders offensive line. Able to play guard as well as tackle, Barnes is a cheap depth piece for the Raiders that is worth keeping around even if he isn’t a starting talent when Oakland have a fully healthy offensive line.

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Fans often get on Barnes case due to his penchant for picking up penalties, but in his current role there is more than enough upside when it comes to retaining the 32 year old on the cheap for one more season. Expect the team to continue to build their offensive line, but having Barnes around in case of emergency is something that doesn’t hurt with the amount of injuries that happen to offensive linemen throughout the course of an NFL season.

With Gabe Jackson still ruled out with a knee injury, expect Barnes to slide into the guard position on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers where the Raiders will be looking to earn their first win of the season in the AFC West rivalry contest.