Alex Benjamin Barron (born September 28, 1982) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Florida State University, and was a two-time consensus All-American. The St. Louis Rams drafted him with the 19th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and Oakland Raiders.
Barron was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, and was a two-sport star in football and basketball for the Wilkinson Bruins. In football, he was named a high school All-American by both PrepStar and Football News, ranked the No. 3 lineman in the nation by PrepStar, named to the All-South team by the Orlando Sentinel, and selected as Jeff Whittaker's Deep South Recruiting Guide South Carolina Player of the Year.
Barron attended Florida State University, where he played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 2001 to 2004. He was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection in 2003 and 2004, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2003 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 2004. As a senior in 2004, Barron was also one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy. He graduated from Florida State with a bachelor's degree in social science.
<td colspan="20" align="center">40, 20-yard shuttle, and bench from Florida State Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.</td>
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St. Louis Rams
Barron was the nineteenth pick overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2005 NFL Draft. On August 14, 2005, Barron signed a five-year, $9.2 million contract with the Rams with escalators that could take the value to over $11 million. The contract featured $5.5 million in guaranteed money, not including the signing bonus of $1 million. He would be a starter for the Rams from his rookie season. During his five years with the Rams, Barron was the most penalized player in the NFL next to tackle Flozell Adams with more than 70 calls against him. In a 35-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Barron's poor play resulted him being benched by the Rams staff. Barron became notorious for his false start and holding penalties. In 2009, Barron led the league with 7 holding penalties.
Barron was traded from the St. Louis Rams to the Dallas Cowboys for linebacker Bobby Carpenter on May 10, 2010. Barron's career as a Cowboy got off to an inauspicious start. In his first game, the Cowboys appeared to have come back from a 13-7 deficit on a touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams on the final play against the Washington Redskins on opening day, September 12, 2010. As time ran out of the game, Barron was flagged for holding Brian Orakpo. Because the penalty was called against the offense, the game was over with the Cowboys losing 13-7.
New Orleans Saints
On August 3, 2011, Barron signed with the New Orleans Saints. On August 18, Barron was put on injured reserve and missed the entire 2011 season. He was released with an injury settlement on October 22, 2011.
On May 15, 2012, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. On August 26, 2012, he was released.
On March 26, 2013, Barron signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was released to make room on the roster for Tony Pashos on September 2, 2013.
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