Source: Raiders give OT Howard $30M deal

Updated: March 12, 2014, 1:33 AM ET news services

The Oakland Raiders have reached agreement with former Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard on a five-year, $30 million deal, including $15 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Howard hasn’t missed a start since replacing Wayne Hunter during the 2012 preseason. Playing for $2 million last season, the amount of his restricted free agent tender, he allowed only two sacks, according to Pro Football Focus. The Jets ran behind their right tackle more often than all but one other team in the league, per NFL stats.
The Jets picked up Howard late in the 2011 season, signing him off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. The Ravens thought Howard had a bright future, but they couldn’t promote him to the 53-man roster because they thought there were other pressing roster moves that had to be made.
Howard started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent from Northern Iowa. He played four games with the Eagles as a rookie in 2010. Jets reporter Rich Cimini contributed to this report.

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