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Report: Jets want to sign Austin Howard before free agency

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The Jets have designs on signing one of their starting offensive linemen to a new deal before free agency begins.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have begun contract talks with right tackle Austin Howard, who is slated to be an unrestricted free agent in March.

The 26-year-old Howard has started all 16 games in each of the last two seasons for the Jets. The Jets signed him off the Ravens’ practice squad in 2011.

Teams have shown a willingness to pay for right tackles in free agency. Last offseason, the Vikings re-signed Phil Loadholt to a lucrative deal just before the start of the new league year, and the Colts struck quickly to sign Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus once the signing period began.

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9 Responses to “Report: Jets want to sign Austin Howard before free agency”
  1. nehxas says: Feb 13, 2014 12:18 PM

    Gave up only two sacks last year and great in the run game. Can not let him test FA.

    Hard to imagine this guy used to be a tightend in college! Would love to see a pass thrown his way one of these days. Jumbo Elliot redux.

  2. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 13, 2014 12:23 PM

    When you give up less sacks your QB is more likely to be standing up right when trying to deliver the ball – John Madden

  3. geeandpoquito says: Feb 13, 2014 12:36 PM

    The perfect first step in the offseason that will lead the Jets to the Super Bowl within the next two years.

  4. bcajun says: Feb 13, 2014 12:55 PM

    Hes coming to the Saints

  5. thevikesarebest says: Feb 13, 2014 1:07 PM

    The vikings o line>your o line. SKOL

  6. lrjets says: Feb 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    Wasn’t he part of that embarrassing national televised game of Thanksgiving Night 2012? If so,
    his improvement is nothing short of remarkable.

  7. tindeaux says: Feb 13, 2014 1:49 PM

    they should make a plan to release mark sanchez first. what a joke

  8. JackedUpSports says: Feb 13, 2014 1:51 PM

    one of the most underrated lineman in the league

  9. itsunclepauley says: Feb 13, 2014 3:27 PM

    PFF ranked him as the best OL on the Jets this year…better than 1st rounders Brick and Mangold.

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