Raiders sign Barnes to 1-year deal

The Oakland Raiders re-signed free agent offensive lineman

Khalif Barnes to a one-year contract on Friday.

The Raiders did not tender a contract offer to Barnes before the

start of free agency, making him an unrestricted free agent. But

the team confirmed he is coming back for a second season.

Barnes signed a one-year deal last year to come to Oakland after

four years in Jacksonville. He was expected to compete for a

starting left tackle spot with Mario Henderson, but broke his left

ankle in training camp. He appeared in just six games last season,

appearing mostly on the right side of the line.

Henderson allowed an NFL-worst 10 1/2 sacks last season. Last

year’s starting right tackle Cornell Green is an unrestricted free

agent. Green committed 12 penalties and allowed 6 1/2 sacks in 12

games.

The Raiders also announced the hiring of Kevin Ross as a

defensive backs coach. Ross had spent five seasons as an assistant

with the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers.

“We are incredibly excited to add Kevin to our coaching

staff,” coach Tom Cable said. “He had a long and successful

playing career and earned the respect of every team he joined along

the way and we are fortunate to have him here.”

Ross played defensive back for 14 seasons with Kansas City,

Atlanta and San Diego. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and

recorded 38 career interceptions.

The Raiders previously had hired Clancy Pendergast for the

position to replace the retired Willie Brown. But Pendergast left

after less than two weeks to take over as defensive coordinator at

California.