The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran free-agent offensive tackle Alex Barron, the team announced Tuesday.
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Barron, a former first-round draft selection, is a veteran of 87 career games with 75 starts at both left and right tackle during his NFL career. He is the first offensive player signed by the Raiders since free agency began on March 12.
Barron, a 6-foot-8, 315-pound tackle entering his eighth NFL season, was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 19th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Florida State. Barron played in 76 games with 74 starts in five seasons with the Rams. He played in 16 games in each of his last four seasons with the Rams (2006 to 2009), missing just one start.
Barron was traded from the Rams to the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, when he played in 11 games with one start during that campaign. Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Orleans Saints prior to the 2011 season, Barron was placed on injured reserve and later waived after suffering a knee injury in training camp. In 2012, Barron was in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.