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:
Raiders reached agreement with former Jets OT Austin Howard on a five-year, $30 million deal, including $15M gtd, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
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.