ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Tackle Alex Barron signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday as he hopes to revive his career after sitting out the past two seasons.
Barron, a former first round pick by St. Louis in 2005, has started just one game since 2009. After playing sparingly in Dallas in 2010, Barron missed the entire 2011 season with New Orleans with a knee injury and was cut in training camp last summer by Seattle.
Barron said he is once again healthy and that time away from football only reinforced how much he wanted to continue to play the game.
"The love for the game is unmatched," he said. "It's almost equal to none. When you're away from it, it takes out of you; it takes away from you."
Oakland was one of the few teams to show interest in Barron this offseason as the Raiders look to bolster their offensive line as they shift from a zone blocking scheme to a power-based offense under line coach Tony Sparano.
Barron has experience playing both left and right tackle, although Jared Veldheer is entrenched on the left side in Oakland. The Raiders recently re-signed right tackle Khalif Barnes. Barnes also has some experience playing guard.
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