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Raiders announce Howard signing

Raiders press release . . .

The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent T Austin Howard, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday.

Howard has started 16 games each of the last two seasons, all at right tackle, for the New York Jets since winning the job in the 2012 training camp.

Entering his fifth NFL season, Howard has appeared in 36 games with 33 starts. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 and made the team out of camp. After playing in four games that year, the 6-foot-7, 333-pounder signed with the Ravens’ practice squad in 2011 before being signed to the Jets’ active roster in November 2011.

The Davenport, Iowa native attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he began his collegiate career as a blocking tight end before switching to tackle as a sophomore in 2008. In his junior season of 2009, Howard was named to the American Football Coaches Association’s FCS All-America team and second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference.

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  • Gdog

    I guess that kinda explains Sims. But then he screwed it up by puzzing out and only giving him a one year contract.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    As do the Republicans. They just give it more corporations as opposed to the entitlement crowd

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Tuck 4 or 5 years left and he’s far better. Still only 30.

  • docta1232

    Dominate is a very strong word. I don’t recall him “dominating” here

  • jtdxyz

    ditto!!!

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    WTH is Brad Gilbert !?!?!?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Former tennis pro, tennis guru to better players than he, lifetime Raider lover, maniac

  • Davy Jones

    Too early to cut bait, even with reason to doubt.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    If RM’s offer blew the Giants’ offer out of the water, he wouldn’t have gotten on the plane unsigned.

  • RaiderCDE

    Pro Tennis Coach semi-celeb. Huge Raider fan, knew Al pretty well.

  • docta1232

    Plus I don’t understand why you call yourself r8ter4ever when all you do is just hate.

  • r8ter4evr

    He will on the Bears

  • docta1232

    H8ter4er

  • aig-raiders

    Chicago fans were going off on twitter yesterday and I just asked where was he when opposing qbs were getting 4 secs or more to throw vs Oak.

  • RaidingTexas

    So you’re not going with the couch potato list?

  • r8ter4evr

    I want to stay positive I have said this before. When this staff makes claims they don’t keep I will voice my opinion whether you like it or not

  • aig-raiders

    he has the ins with Al Davis and family here in the Bay Area.

  • RaidingTexas

    Hahaha aren’t all tennis pros maniacs?

  • docta1232

    You mean the “Raider” staff? What have you said positive?

  • JV.

    @VicTafur: Jason Tuck, Lamarr Woodley & Andre Brown have left the building. Doesn’t mean they won’t be back Thursday. Doesn’t mean they will. #Raiders

    Fūck..

  • r8ter4evr

    Rebuild by letting three of your best players go. Don’t sign any big name free agents while the better teams are getting better GREAT PLAN YOU LIKE

  • Chino

    @VicTafur: Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley & Andre Brown have left the building. Doesn’t mean they won’t be back Thursday. Doesn’t mean they will. #Raiders

  • RaidingTexas

    He fumbled for those kind words to the nation.

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Got their offer. Gonna think about it.

    Reggie really should conduct business at a posh resort by the beach. Palm trees and waves.

    “Sign here. We don’t have winters.”

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    The Giants fan base will kill if they let Tuck leave. They won’t. Their contract talks have been in the news for months.

    I am afraid we were just leverage.

    Hope not, though.

  • r8ter4evr

    Been a fan since 1971 and always will be are you blind naive or do you work for the Raiders

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    @VicTafur: Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley & Andre Brown have left the building. Doesn’t mean they won’t be back Thursday. Doesn’t mean they will. #Raiders

  • Gdog

    Tuck would indeed be an upgrade over Houston, at least for the short term. He nearly single-handedly helped the defense win a SB… had all his best games of that year in the playoffs.
    Get him Reg!

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Can we make it four in a row?

  • FourMoreYears

    Didn’t Cork say earlier how when Reg gets ‘em in the building they don’t leave unsigned? Think we’ll have to file that one up there with “Veldheer and the Raiders are close to a deal.”

  • docta1232

    Best players on a 4-12 team…obviously indispensable….how well did his move go LDE go? 6 whopping sacks…let’s pay top dollar for that or we’re screwed right? Really? That’s the nail in the coffin if we refuse to pay top dollar?

  • RaiderReloader

    Jimmy johnson also believed in getting guys that are strong and have good endurance. You win in 4th quarter often that way

  • scinfidel

    Both crooks… eff em both!

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    I wonder if they call Justin’s mom “Mother Tuck”.

  • Gdog

    I kinda raised my eyebrow on that one too…

  • docta1232

    If I did work for the Raiders, I would be F’n happy and proud as skiznet…Do you realize you use the thought of working for the Raiders as an insult?????? What is wrong with this board?

  • Chino

    Hatcher visiting redskins. Doesn’t look bright for us. We need somebody to pair up with McGee. Another dt for depth. No word on pat sims but we have a contract on the table for walker.

  • r8ter4evr

    Am being called a hater upvotes if you think RM handled our former players well down vote if you think he has done a poor job as Raider GM

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    The sentence was cut off.

    It continued:

    “…..until they get their fill of the pancake breakfast. Southern hospitality in his blood.”

  • RaidingTexas

    HOLY SCHYT! Saffold failed physical, will not be signing with the Raiders.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Can’t remember who Rm had in the bldg. last year that I wanted, but we didn’t get him.

  • docta1232

    Is this an ego check?

  • r8ter4evr

    ALEX

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Curveball!!!!

  • Chino

    WHAT
    @BairCSN: #Raiders announce that Rodger Saffold failed a physical and will not be signing with the team.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    :)

  • RaidingTexas

    Fwiw, Chris Hansen said Tuck was always going to let the Giants counter.

  • r8ter4evr

    OK ALEX

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Reggie May up the offer once he finds out he’s seriously injured.

  • nolarick

    didn’t see that one coming.