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Monday, March 16, 2009
Agent: Barnes ready to compete in Oakland

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The agent for new Oakland tackle Khalif Barnes scoffed at the notion that the Raiders promised they will not draft a tackle after the former Jacksonville player decided to sign a one-year contract with the team.

There was a report that said Barnes was promised Oakland wouldn't take a tackle. The Raiders have the No. 7 overall pick and it has been speculated the team could take a tackle with the choice. Barnes' agent, Ken Zuckerman, did nothing to squash that idea.

"I'm very doubtful Khalif was ever promised that and I don't put any validity into it," Zuckerman said. "I talked personally to Raiders coach Tom Cable and he gave no such promise. Khalif knows the business and he is ready to compete to start whether the Raiders draft a tackle or not."

Monday, Cable expressed the same thoughts.

Barnes is set to compete at left tackle but he can slide to right tackle if Oakland needs him to do it. Since Barnes signed a one-year deal it would be strange if the Raiders made such a commitment to him especially with such a strong class of tackles coming onto the league.