Alex Barron is back in the NFL, thanks to the extended tryout the veteran tackle was given during the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp over the weekend.
The Seahawks liked what they saw from the former first-round draft choice of the Rams, and Barron liked what he saw of from a young Seahawks team that can use his experience as part of its young offensive line group. As a result, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Barron agreed to contract terms and joined the team’s offseason program today.
“That was pretty good, because it’s a little different than just a one-day workout,” Barron said of participating in the three minicamp practices. “I got to move around, be in the huddle, do some drills, have some one-on-ones with some guys, show a little movement.
“It was great.”
At the weekend minicamp, Barron was working at left guard with the No. 1 line. Today, with the veterans on the field for a 45-minute workout, Barron was at that spot with the No. 2 line.
But he’s just happy to be with a team, and in a situation where he can again display his talents. After being the 19th selection overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, Barron started 74 games in five seasons with the Rams. Traded to Dallas in 2010, he made one start for the Cowboys. Barron signed with the Saints last year, but sat out the season after being placed on injured reserve in August with a knee problem and then released in October.
“I just wanted to get somewhere,” Barron said. “I’m pretty confident in my play. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, also. But I’ve gotten to the point where after last season, and coming into the offseason as a free agent, all I want to do is come in and just show that I can play.
“Because it can’t be talked about, it always has to be shown.”
That’s where the extended stay at the minicamp played to Barron’s strengths.
“He did a nice job,” coach Pete Carroll said Sunday. “He’s been around the block and you could tell that. He did enough good things that we could see that he could have a chance, so we’ll see where that fits. But he did a good job in this camp.”
Today, the No. 1 line included – from left tackle to right – Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, John Moffitt and Breno Giacomini. McQuistan is in his seventh season in the league, but he started almost as many games last season (10) as he had in his first five seasons (12). Unger (32), Okung (22), Moffitt (nine) and Giacomini (eight) have combined to start 71 games – or four fewer than Barron has on his resume.
“This is real good, especially when you consider that I had to sit out all of last year on injured reserve,” Barron said. “But I’m over that now and moving forward. I’m here to help the team the best way I can.”