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Austin Howard | Tackle

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 330
College: Northern Iowa
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Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed Austin Howard will be tried at right guard.
Allen said the Raiders want to start the "best five linemen." Howard inked a five-year, $30 million deal on day two of free agency. If we were to predict what the Raiders would like their Week 1 line to look like, we'd go LT Donald Penn, LG Kevin Boothe, C Stefen Wisniewski, RG Howard, and RT Menelik Watson. Tony Bergstrom could push Boothe. Mike Brisiel is a release candidate. Mar 24 - 9:18 PM

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders signed OL Austin Howard to play guard, not tackle.

According to reporter Vittorio Tafur, the Raiders are "hoping/expecting" second-year pro Menelik Watson can man right tackle. Howard was a below-average tackle last season, but has zero NFL experience at guard. At 6-foot-7, he'd be a mountainous interior lineman, while he's been an inconsistent run blocker. Considering how poor Watson's rookie season was, there's still a strong chance Howard ends up at right tackle.
Mar 24 - 1:05 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with RT Austin Howard, formerly of the Jets, on a five-year, $30 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

Howard, 27, spent the last two seasons starting at right tackle in New York. In 2013, he graded out 47th among 76 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' tackle ratings. (New bookend Rodger Saffold came in 18th among 81 guards, though he will play left tackle in Oakland.) Howard is a 6-foot-7, 333-pound power blocker, though he struggled in the run game last season. Either way, it's a solid pickup for GM Reggie McKenzie at the end of free agency's first day.
Mar 12 - 12:16 AM

Free agent RT Austin Howard will visit the Raiders.

The Raiders signed Rodger Saffold to play left tackle and have 2013 second-rounder Menelik Watson at right tackle. So either they have something up their sleeve, drastically overpaid Saffold to play guard or already want to give up on Watson. Howard isn't going to hurt for suitors as the tackles are getting scooped quickly off the market.
Mar 11 - 6:21 PM

Free agent RT Austin Howard will hit the open market.

The Jets were unable to lock up their 32-game starter over the last two seasons. Howard will attract plenty of interest as a 27-year-old strong run blocker that gave up just two sacks a year ago.
Mar 11 - 3:51 PM

The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to "focus" on free agent RT Austin Howard after locking up Branden Albert on Tuesday.

The Albert-to-Dolphins marriage is considered a done deal. The Fins need more than one offensive lineman, however, and are expected to pursue Howard as well as free agent Zach Strief, who started at right tackle in New Orleans 2011-2013. Strief is a better pass blocker. Howard is a mauling run blocker.
Mar 10 - 2:31 PM

The Jets are still trying to work out a deal with free agent RT Austin Howard.

Time is almost up on the Jets as they try to bring back a player that has started every game over the last two seasons. His agent has begun to field calls from other teams. Howard is far from a dominator, but gave up just two sacks last season and is entering his age-27 campaign.
Mar 10 - 10:53 AM

ESPN New York believes free agent RT Austin Howard could target a contract similar to what Sebastian Vollmer got from the Patriots last offseason.

Vollmer inked a four-year, $17 million contract that included $8.5 million guaranteed after he saw a quiet market for his services. Howard, 27 next month, has started the past 32 games for the Jets at right tackle and surrendered just two sacks last season. The Jets are expected to make a push to re-sign him ahead of free agency on March 11 and have started negotiations, per the New York Daily News. Howard is our No. 11 free-agent offensive tackle.
Feb 13 - 10:25 AM

Jets re-signed restricted free agent RT Austin Howard to a one-year, $2.023 million contract.

With the signing, Howard has reported for the start of the Jets' offseason program. A strong run blocker, the 26-year-old Howard graded out as the No. 12 right tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season. Howard must improve in pass protection, but has a chance to be a young building block on New York's line.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Jets extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent RT Austin Howard.

New York was in limbo trying to decide whether to tender Howard at the first- or second-round level, but they went the cheaper route. We wouldn't expect any team to give up a second-round pick for the one-year starter, but the Ravens have been mentioned as a possibility. Howard excels as a run blocker.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 03:42:00 PM

The Jets are trying to decide whether to give restricted free agent RT Austin Howard the first- or second-round tender.

The first-rounder has a $2.86 million price tag, and the second-rounder is at $2.02 million. New York is reportedly "high" on Howard, but they're short on cap space and every penny counts. ESPN New York mentions the Ravens as a possible suitor if Howard gets the second-round tender. Baltimore holds the No. 62 overall pick.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 09:16:00 AM

The Jets will meet with restricted free agent RT Austin Howard's agent on Friday.

Howard is the team's top restricted free agent, and the Jets could give him a first-round tender. The 6-foot-7, 333-pounder started all 16 games in 2012 after starting just one game in his previous two seasons. He struggled as a pass protector, but Howard was a top-ten run blocker, according to Pro Football Focus.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 03:45:00 PM

The Jets' organization is reportedly "high" on restricted free agent RT Austin Howard and intends to extend him a pricey tender.

Since Howard was originally undrafted, the Jets would need to slap him with at least a second-round tender to comfortably retain him. Howard, 26 in March, graded out in 2012 as Pro Football Focus' No. 31 offensive tackle, and as a top-eight run blocker. They credited Howard with ten sacks allowed, a high total.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 05:41:00 PM

Jets coach Rex Ryan "would assume" Austin Howard will start over the recently acquired Jason Smith at right tackle in Week 1.

"Unless (there's) something I'm not seeing out there, I've been pleased with Austin, without question," Ryan said. "And I would assume he would be our starting tackle." The Jets, for now, are projecting Smith as their swing tackle and No. 3 tight end in jumbo power packages.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 12:43:00 PM

The Jets believe Austin Howard can be an effective starting right tackle.

Howard is a former undrafted free agent that spent time as a backup on the Eagles and with the Ravens' practice squad. The Jets will continue to mine the trade market and the "street" for tackle help, but there's not much out there. Howard is penciled in as the Week 1 starter.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 10:34:00 AM

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