Raiders signing Austin Howard to $30 million deal

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Former New York Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard, an ascending young player in his prime, has joined the Oakland Raiders via a five-year, $30 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pounder has been reliable and sturdy with no missed starts in the past two seasons.

Howard allowed two sacks last seaosn.

He plays with a sound hand punch and is a good drive blocker.

Howard is a former Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman who went undrafted out of Northern Iowa in 2010.

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Aaron WIlson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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