The Oakland Raiders have announced the signing of veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron according to raiders.com. Barron is the first offensive player the Raiders have signed during the free agency period.
A 6-foot-8, 315-pound tackle entering his eighth NFL season, Barron was selected by the Rams with the 19th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Florida State, and played in 76 games with 74 starts in five seasons in St. Louis. He played in 16 games in each of his last four seasons with the Rams (2006-09), missing just one start. Barron was traded by St. Louis in 2010 to Dallas, where he played in 11 games with one start during that campaign. Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Orleans Saints prior to the 2011 season, he was placed on injured reserve and later waived after suffering a knee injury in training camp. In 2012, Barron was in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks but failed to make the cut. He has not played in a regular-season NFL game since 2010.
Barron brings experience the the Raiders offensive line as he is a veteran of 87 career games with 75 starts at both left and right tackle during his NFL career. What GM Reggie McKenzie failed to mention when announcing the signing is that Barron has also been one of the most penalized players in the NFL during his career with a notorious penchant for jumping offsides. He turns 31 in September. It is likely not a good sign for the Raiders season if Barron makes the final roster.