Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) walks off the field with tackle Austin Howard (77) after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Oakland Raiders Agree To Terms With T Austin Howard; 5 Years, $30 Million

The Oakland Raiders lost one offensive tackle to free agency on Tuesday. They added two to make up for it.

After agreeing to terms with Rodger Saffold earlier in the day, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported the Raiders had reached an accord with Howard:


The deal includes $15 million in guaranteed money, with Saffold ticketed to play left tackle, according to CSNCalifornia.com, and Howard playing on the right side, where he started the last 32 games for the New York Jets.

That came after Howard played four games, starting one, in his first two seasons after being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa.

It’s hard to call the day a win for the Raiders, though. They lost Jared Veldheer—their incumbent left tackle—to the Cardinals, saw defensive end Lamarr Houston sign with the Bears and re-signed Darren McFadden at running back while last year’s leading rusher, Rashad Jennings, bolted for the Giants.

The kicker? The guaranteed money for Saffold and Howard exceeds that given to Veldheer and Houston, both of whom were regarded as better free agent prospects.

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  • Guido

    Was angry at first but Im optimistic that these guys will be good. Front loaded contracts makes for more cap space later on

  • Angel Becerra

    Non of these moves are making sense. I hope the Raiders know what they are doing. Nevertheless, Go Raiders!

  • Fernando Maestas

    YoYoYo! Raiders making some strong moves in the trenches! Good job Reggie! Lots of head scratching needs to lead to watching some NFL rewind and watch Auston Howard shut down Oaklands pass rush and watch how he lead blocks… Monster!! 6’7, 333lb that can move. I have friends from New York and they are down right pissed to lose Howard. He is not by any means soft… his last 32 starts were 32 starts in a row and he has still yet to give up a sack according to all stat sites. My friend in NY said this guys is smart and sent me this: http://www.newyorkjets.com/videos/videos/JTL-Austin-Howard-Has-Become-a-True-Pro/1acbf382-cef7-46dd-b9e6-e9db670909dc …Totally shut down RT that’s only 26! AND SMART! Worth it! Lets also add that the Jets had the 3rd ranked OL and majority of runs were to Howard’s side. Start adding it up! Now add in our first signing of the day.. Yup, Rodger Saffold! Dudes a pancake presser at G!! People are saying he is injury prone..Not true. He has had two freak injuries that were both on big plays. The neck came on due to spinal jarring through the forehead that occurred on a TD play; then there was the knee injury that he sustained while trying to advance a fumble recovery. Dudes a beast besides that! Dude best asset is pulling as a G. I urge you to watch some youtube on him. He stands 6’5, 332 lbs and runs with vengeance and tries to decleat everyone! I think with keeping Dmac, signing Kory Sheets and having Latavious Murray for the world to finally see.. these moves look more of what the doctor ordered! Another Bonus, Every player the Raiders have signed are only 26 years old including DMAC… If you include Sheets as FA; he’s only 28! Heres a little video of Saffold beating up on Valdheers new team in Arizona…”God rest Al Davis” The movement has begun!! this is what Raider nation is transforming into! Chin Chin ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9tPfVtX7s

  • Arty G

    Was scratching the head real hard day1 but the itch is starting to fade…..sign DT Melton and Revis and I’ll stop scratching tho