ALAMEDA -- The Raiders signed veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos on Monday morning. He's appeared in 92 games with 70 starts over nine seasons.
The Raiders released Alex Barron in a corresponding move. Barron was once expected to replace veteran left tackle Jared Veldheer in the starting lineup, but struggled to do so. He was supplanted by rookie Menelik Watson at the position and deemed expendable.
“It just didn’t work out [with Alex Barron],” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “It wasn’t exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to try to get a veteran player in here; not a young kid that we had to try and develop because this guy is going to go in there and be ready to potentially play for us. It could be immediately. We wanted to get a veteran player, and as we looked over all the roster moves and what was out there, we felt like [Tony Pashos] was the best fit for what we were trying to get done.”
Pashos will be the swing tackle against Indianapolis, and back up both spots. Pashos believes he can do that despite playing primarily on the right side.
“I’m going to do whatever I can to be ready on Sunday,” Pashos said. “I’ve been around the game long enough that I can catch up quickly and get ready to go. I’m excited about the opportunity. I look forward to helping this offense.”