Khalif Barnes stays with Raiders


The Raiders have held onto one of their own free agents.

The team announced Wednesday that they have re-signed right tackle Khalif Barnes. He’s the first Raiders unrestricted free agent to remain with the team after they watched players like Desmond Bryant, Matt Shaughnessy and Phillip Wheeler sign with other clubs.

Barnes missed seven games with a groin injury last season, but has started the other 25 games Oakland’s played in the last two years. He falls more into the category of serviceable than star, but the Raiders aren’t exactly swimming with the cap space to vault themselves into the latter category. He was less effective in the zone blocking scheme the Raiders used less season than he was in 2011, so the switch may produce better results this time around.

Barnes started his career with the Jaguars as a second-round pick in 2005.