The Raiders have re-signed RT Khalif Barnes. The incumbent starter, Barnes will be pushed by second year player Joe Barksdale. Barnes is big and surprisingly athletic, but has technique issues and too many mental lapses.
Cornerback Pat Lee has also been signed to a 1 year deal. A former second round pick for the Green Bay Packers, Lee has been almost strictly a special teams player. He adds depth to the secondary and coverage unit.
In other news, the Chicago Bears have signed free agent RB Michael Bush to a 4 year, $14 million contract ($7 million guaranteed). The Raiders will now need to find back to sit behind the injury prone Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones. Bush ran well for the Raiders last year, but seemed to fade down the stretch. Look for Oakland to bring in a cheap veteran or draft a bigger back late.