Reports: Raiders reach accord with RT Austin Howard

Reports: Raiders reach accord with RT Austin Howard
March 11, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Austin Howard started all 32 games at right tackle for the Jets over the last two seasons. (AP)

Austin Howard's deal will pay him $30 million over five years, included $15 million guaranteed. (AP)

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The Raiders invited free agent right tackle Austin Howard out for a visit this week. It will now be to sign a contract.

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The recent New York Jet agreed on terms of a five-year contract with the Raiders late Tuesday evening worth $30 million and contains $15 million in guaranteed money. The terms come via ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The New York Daily News broke news an accord had been reached.

Howard had a career year in 2013. According to Pro Football Focus, Howard gave up just two sacks, 15 quarterback hits and 21 hurries last season, though mobile quarterback Geno Smith was sacked just eight times.

Howard came into his own with the New York Jets, when he started each game of his two-year tenure. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and played four games with them. He spent the 2011 season on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

Howard will formally sign his contract when he reaches Oakland.

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Howard becomes the second new, pricey addition to the Raiders offensive line. The team signed left tackle Rodger Saffold to a five-year contract shortly after free agency began on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders also re-signed guard/tackle Khalif Barnes, though left tackle Jared Veldheer departed via free agency. They have quality Stefen Wisniewski under contract to lead a re-loaded offensive front.