The Raiders announced the signing of guard Don Manoukian and fullback Larry Barnes. Manoukian, who last played organized football as a senior at Stanford in 1957, had spent the next two years in pro wrestling before joining the Raiders. Barnes, a Colorado State grad, played in ten games for the 49ers in 1957, gaining 78 yards on 20 carries. Released by San Francisco after the season, he was teaching school in Nebraska when the AFL came calling. The Raiders indicated Barnes would likely play at linebacker or on the defensive line rather than on offense.