Keeping with the "Moneyball" theme of the offseason -- finding and then signing under-valued and under-priced free agents -- the Raiders on Tuesday announced the signing of offensive tackle Alex Barron, a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2005. He was the 19th overall selection of that draft.
Barron, 30, has played in 87 games in his NFL career, starting a combined 75 at left (32) and right (43) tackle. The 6-foot-8, 315-pounder has not, though, played since the 2010 season.
He played his first five seasons with the Rams, starting 74 of the 76 games in which he appeared, before being traded to Dallas in 2010, where he started one of 11 games.
In 2011, Barron signed with New Orleans but was placed on their rnjured reserve list after suffering a knee injury in training camp. The Saints later waived him and he was in training camp with Seattle last season but did not make the team.
Barron is the seventh free agent signed by the Raiders since the new league year began on March 12, but the first offensive player.
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Also, the Raiders earlier re-signed free agent right tackle Khalif Barnes, and still have left tackle Jared Veldheer under contract.