Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) talks to New York Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard (77) before the start of a game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Free Agent T Austin Howard Visiting Oakland Raiders

After signing free agent tackle Rodger Saffold on Tuesday, the Oakland Raiders are reportedly not done retooling their offensive line.

According to the Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, another free agent—New York Jets tackle Austin Howard—is visiting the Oakland Raiders:


Howard started all 32 games the last two seasons for the Jets at right tackle and is considered a solid run blocker.

Howard played both basketball and football at Northern Iowa, moving to tackle from tight end before the 2008 season. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and made the club, playing in four games and starting at left tackle for one of them.

The 6-foot-7, 333-pound Howard was in the Eagles last round of cuts before the 2011 season and was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad before the Jets picked him up in November 2011.

Howard was promoted to the starting unit during training camp in 2012, when Jets coach Rex Ryan benched incumbent Wayne Hunter.

The 26-year-old was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection while at Northern Iowa.

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  • Gregg Brennan

    Saffold for 43 million bucks. 21 million guaranteed. I thought Reggie wasn’t going to overpay for junk, and yet here we are, with Limp DMC coming back too.

    • Dean Thomas

      At least I’m guaranteed more than DMC, his deal is mostly incentives with only $100K guaranteed.

      • Gregg Brennan

        Yeah, and he’ll probably do enough in the pre-season to make it on to the opening roster, which will wind up netting him his 1.5 mil, then promptly sprain a knee walking out to the fifty yard line for the coin toss and be out for the next 8-10 weeks, will come back, play a half and get 35 yards on 17 carries, stub his toe coming out of the locker room at half time and be gone for the year.

  • Kevin Lurker

    We have 2 solid RT’s already.

    • OodlesNnoodles

      Chances are if we sign him, Saffold is moving to guard as he should and somebody out of the three will be left tackle