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Saints re-sign Barnes, place Gwacham on IR

Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Thursday that the team has re-signed G/T Khalif Barnes and has placed DE Obum Gwacham on Injured Reserve.

Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Thursday that the team has re-signed G/T Khalif Barnes and has placed DE Obum Gwacham on Injured Reserve.

Barnes, 6 feet 6, 320 pounds, is an 11-year NFL veteran who was originally a second round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of the University of Washington in 2005 and has spent the last seven campaigns with the Oakland Raiders, having first joined New Orleans in the final week of the preseason, seeing action in the team's final exhibition contest vs. Baltimore. He's appeared in 151 career games with 117 starts on the offensive line for the Jaguars and Raiders. In 2015, he appeared in 14 contests for Oakland as a backup offensive lineman and started one as an extra tight end.


NFL CAREER – Veteran lineman has played in 151 career games with 117 starts in 11 seasons with the Raiders and Jaguars and will now compete for playing time on the New Orleans offensive front. Barnes proved himself as a versatile lineman for the Raiders in 2013 and 2014, playing at both tackle (20 combined starts) and guard (nine combined starts) and served as a valuable backup at both positions in 2015, while opening one contests as an eligible tight end. He emerged as a full-time starter at tackle in third season with the Silver and Black, 2011, starting all 16 games that year. Started three games as an eligible tackle in 2010, making first two career receptions, including a 2-yard touchdown. With Jacksonville, who originally selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft, played in 60 games with 57 starts at left tackle over four seasons. Helped the Jaguars to playoff berths in 2005 and 2007, starting all three games.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed by the Saints, 9/28/16; Contract terminated by Saints, 9/3/16; Signed by New Orleans Saints, 8/30/16; Signed by the Oakland Raiders to a one-year extension, 11/16/14; Re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract, 2/28/14; Re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract, 3/20/13; Re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract, 3/21/12; Re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract, 7/30/11; Re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract, 3/5/10; Signed by the Raiders to a one-year contract (UFA-JAX), 3/14/09; Signed four-year contract with Jacksonville Jaguars, 7/19/05; Selected by the Jaguars in the second round (52nd overall) of 2005 NFL Draft.

2016– Played in New Orleans' final preseason contest vs. Baltimore, Sept. 1 after being signed by the club in the final week of the preseason. 2015– Played in 14 games for Oakland as a reserve offensive lineman and started one contest as an eligible tight end. 2014 –  Played in 14 games with 13 starts for the Oakland Raiders…Started eight games at right tackle, four at left guard and one as an extra offensive lineman…Missed two games (quad)...Added a one-yard reception…Vs. Houston, Sept. 14, earned the start at right tackle, helping the offense amass 364 total net yards...Part of a line that didn't allow a sack...At New England, Sept. 21, played every offensive snap at right tackle. Did not allow a sack of QB Derek Carr for the second straight game…Sept. 28, vs. Miami, helped the team total over 300 yards of total offense for the second time...Left the game with a quad injury…Nov. 9, vs. Denver, returned to lineup and started at left guard in place of an injured Gabe Jackson. Posted third career reception, catching a one-yard shovel pass from Carr...Nov. 16 at San Diego, started at left guard for 110th career start...Nov. 20, vs. Kansas City, helped pave the way for the offense to total a season-high 179 rushing yards in the victory...Nov. 30, at St. Louis, started at left guard and moved to right tackle after T Menelik Watson left the game with an injury in the second quarter...Dec. 7, vs. San Francisco, started at right tackle and helped the team accumulate 330 total yards of offense in the win...Dec. 21, vs. Buffalo, helped offense gain 140 yards on the ground, the team's second highest rushing total this season. 2013 – Started first 11 games at left tackle, before moving to left guard when Jared Veldheer returned from injury...Sept. 8 at Indianapolis, started at left tackle and paved the way for Terrelle Pryor, who set a Raiders single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback (112)...Sept. 15, vs. Jacksonville, started at left tackle and helped lead the offense to 226 rushing yards, the team's highest total since 9/25/11...Nov. 3, vs. Pittsburgh, started at left tackle and helped Raiders total 560 yards of offense, the third highest mark in team history...Nov. 17, at Houston, started at left tackle and helped Rashad Jennings rush for 150 yards in the win...Nov. 24, vs. Tennessee, started at left tackle and helped Jennings post 122 total yards, his fourth straight game with 100-or-more yards. Part of a line that didn't allow a sack...Nov. 28, at Dallas, made first start of the season at left guard and was part of a line that did not allow a sack...Dec. 8 at N.Y. Jets, started at left guard - his 100th career start – and helped Raiders post 150 rushing yards against the league's top-ranked rush defense...Dec. 15, at Kansas City, started at left guard for the third straight week and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack. 2012– Played in nine games, all starts, missing seven games due to a groin injury…Sept. 16, at Miami, suffered a groin injury in the first half and did not return…Nov. 18, vs. New Orleans, returned to starting lineup in his first game since leaving with groin injury in Week Two. Helped FB Marcel Reece to 103 rushing yards…Dec. 16, vs. Kansas City, held Chiefs without a sack for only the third time all year and helped pave path for 203 rushing yards, including 110 from RB Darren McFadden, in 15-0 win. Earlier, recovered a fumble to preserve a second-quarter field goal drive…Dec. 30, at San Diego, helped protect Pryor in first NFL start and was part of a line that did not allow a sack. 2011– Started all 16 games at right tackle…Helped Raiders rank seventh in the NFL in rushing (131.9 avg.)…Part of an offensive line that aided RB Michael Bush in rushing for 977 yards…Also protected Raiders quarterbacks, who threw for 4,119 yards…Part of a unit that surrendered just 25 sacks, the lowest in team record books…Sept. 18, at Buffalo, helped produce 454 yards of total offense, on a line that did not surrender a sack…Sept. 25, vs. N.Y. Jets, helped team produce a season-high 234 yards rushing, including McFadden's career-high 171…Oct. 2, vs. New England, part of an offense that racked up a season-high 504 total yards and did not surrender a sack…Nov. 10, at San Diego, helped the offense total 489 yards, including 191 on the ground…Dec. 18, vs. Detroit, protected QB Carson Palmer, who passed for 345 yards. Part of an offense that totaled 477 yards…Dec. 24, vs. Kansas City, part of a line that did not surrender a sack…1/1/12, vs. San Diego, helped Palmer pass for 417 yards in season finale, the third-highest total in franchise history. Part of a line that did not allow a sack for the second consecutive game. 2010– Saw action in all 16 games, making three starts as an eligible tackle…Totaled eight yards on two receptions, including his first career touchdown catch…Sept. 19 vs. St. Louis, saw action at tackle in a reserve role…Oct. 31 vs. Seattle, posted first career reception for six yards as an eligible tackle…Nov. 7, vs. Kansas City, started as an extra lineman. Caught a 2-yard TD pass from QB Jason Campbell in the third quarter, giving Raiders a 14-13 lead en route to a 23-20 overtime triumph…Dec. 5, at San Diego, started as an extra offensive lineman. 2009– Saw action in six games with two starts in first season with Raiders…Inactive for nine contests…Sept. 27, vs. Denver, made Raiders debut on special teams…Oct. 25, vs. N.Y. Jets, made his first Raiders start, at right tackle…Nov. 1, at San Diego, started at right tackle. Blocked on a drive that included six straight runs and culminated in a three-yard TD by RB Justin Fargas. 2008– Started all 16 games at left tackle in final season with Jacksonville…Helped both RBs Maurice Jones Drew and Fred Taylor rank among the AFC's top 20 rushers…Sept. 21, at Indianapolis, part of an offensive line that allowed no sacks. Helped both Taylor and Jones-Drew top 100 yards in 23-21 win…Oct. 12, at Denver, helped Jones-Drew rush for 125 yards and two TDs in 24-17 triumph. His pass blocking helped David Garrard throw for 276 yards and a TD…Nov. 9, at Detroit, blocking allowed running backs to rush for a combined 150 yards and three TDs in a 38-14 victory…Nov. 23, vs. Minnesota, his pass blocking helped Garrard throw for a then-career-high 317 yards.2007– Played in all 16 games for the first time in his career, with 14 starts…Was only Jacksonville offensive lineman to play in all 16 games…Part of an offensive line that allowed only 31 sacks…Helped Garrard set single-season franchise records in passer rating (102.2) and completion percentage (64.0), while the Jaguars ranked second in the NFL with 2,391 rushing yards (149.4 per game), second-most in team history…Helped Jacksonville average 4.7 yards per carry, first in the AFC and third in NFL…Team also led NFL with six rushes of 50-plus yards, and ranked second with 68 rushes of 10-plus yards…Oct. 14, vs. Houston, blocked for run game that produced 244 yards on 26 carries (9.4 avg.), the highest single-game average in team history. Part of an offensive line that didn't allow a sack in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, before Jacksonville also accomplished the feat vs. Carolina, Dec. 9, and at Pittsburgh, Dec. 16…Started AFC Wild Card game at left tackle at Pittsburgh, 1/5/08, in the 31-29 win. 2006– Started 15 games at left tackle…Helped Jaguars set a single-season franchise record with 2,541 rushing yards (158.8 per game)…Helped pave the way for a franchise-record 5.0-yard rushing average…Part of an offensive line that allowed only 30 sacks, the second-fewest in team history…Dec. 10, vs. Indianapolis, part of a line that led Jaguars to a franchise-record 375 rushing yards, in 44-17 triumph. 2005– Played in 13 games with 12 starts at left tackle…Didn't allow a sack in his first 11 starts…Started 12 straight games to close the season…Oct. 2, vs. Denver, made his NFL debut…Oct. 9, vs. Cincinnati, made his first career start…Started in the AFC Wild Card game at New England, 1/7/06. Played the entire second half with a broken leg.

COLLEGE –Started at both right tackle and left tackle in four seasons at the University of Washington…Moved from defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman…Allowed just three sacks in final two seasons…Anchored offensive line at left tackle for the first five games of senior season before fracturing his wrist…An All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection as a junior at left tackle…Majored in criminal justice.

PERSONAL – Attended Mount Miguel (Spring Valley, Calif.) HS…Recorded 120 tackles and nine sacks as a defensive lineman his senior year…*San Diego Union-Tribune *first-team all-academic…All-league and All-CIF in 1998 and 1999 and voted conference defensive MVP…Also lettered in basketball…Sister, Ijlal, played basketball at San Diego State, and brother, Ahmad, played football at Texas Southern…Volunteered in December 2011 with the Live 105 Belvedere Red, benefiting AIDS Foundation at the Home of Chicken and Waffles…In 2012, assisted with food distribution at Oakland's Laurel Elementary to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank…The Raiders recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award, which honors those NFL players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage...First name is pronounced kuh-LEEF.

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