The Oakland Raiders spent Day 1 of the NFL free agency period boosting their offensive line. A few hours after signing Rodger Saffold away from the St. Louis Rams, the Raiders continued to improve their offensive front by agreeing to terms with former New York Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard.
The news came from Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reports the deal is a five-year contract worth $30 million that includes $15 million guaranteed.
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
It may not be the big name splash that the division rival Denver Broncos have made, but Howard is a solid player who will instantly improve the Raiders at a major position of need.