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Jets still trying to keep Austin Howard off open market

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Back in February, the Jets opened up contract talks with right tackle Austin Howard in hopes of keeping him from becoming a free agent when the market opens on Tuesday afternoon.

They haven’t come to an agreement yet, but they are reportedly still trying to make it happen. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets continue to push for a contract with Howard as he also speaks to other teams that are hoping the Jets aren’t able to secure a signature on the dotted line.

Howard, who placed 60th on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents, has started 32 straight games for the Jets and turned in a solid season as a pass blocker in 2013. Right tackles don’t break the bank the way their counterparts on the left side of the line do, but their value has risen in the last couple of years as teams do all they can to secure strong blocking across their entire frontline.

Michael Oher, Anthony Collins and Breno Giacomini are others with right tackle experience who could be on what could be a deep market at both tackle spots come Tuesday afternoon.

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6 Responses to “Jets still trying to keep Austin Howard off open market”
  1. jetsfmleveryday says: Mar 10, 2014 11:33 AM

    So?

  2. JackedUpSports says: Mar 10, 2014 12:28 PM

    one of the most underrated linemen in the league

  3. uncletuna says: Mar 10, 2014 1:12 PM

    Austin, want to win?!?

    Coach Payton and the Saints will make you an instant AllPro…

  4. jamiebuf12 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    cordy glenn on the left and austin howard on the right…….welcome to buffalo :-)

  5. jetsfansince1968 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:11 PM

    Lock him up Jets!!!!

  6. dlk47823 says: Mar 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    Saints???? No money left after Graham……

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