There was plenty of big news around the NFL on Wednesday, but business went on for all of the teams even if it didn’t grab the biggest headlines.
The Raiders reached agreement on contracts with two players, including starting right tackle Khalif Barnes. Barnes started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2011 and he’ll be back for another go-round after signing a one-year deal. According to his agent, via the Associated Press, Barnes will make $2 million next season.
Barnes will likely face a challenge to his starting spot from Joe Barksdale over the summer. The Raiders have shuffled their offensive line in the last couple of weeks with guard Mike Brisiel arriving from Houston and center Samson Satele leaving for the Colts. Stefen Wisniewski is expected to take over at center.
Cornerback Pat Lee is also the owner of a new contract from the Raiders. Lee had been a member of the Packers, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft, but his agent said that was leaving Green Bay to sign with Oakland. Lee played in all 16 games for the Pack last season and profiles as a backup and special teams contributor for the Raiders.