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Raiders land Austin Howard

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The Raiders let left tackle Jared Veldheer leave for Arizona in part because they thought he was better suited to playing right tackle.

And so the Raiders have signed both a left tackle and a right tackle to replace him.

Joining Rodger Saffold as the Raiders’ new left tackle will be former Jets right tackle Austin Howard.  Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Raiders have a deal in place for Howard, who started every game in 2012 and 2013 at right tackle for the Jets.

The moves will consume just a small piece of millions in cap dollars held by the Raiders, who still have plenty of needs — but also plenty of cap space to address them.

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  1. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:22 AM

    oakland needs…everything.

  2. blacknsilver says: Mar 12, 2014 12:23 AM

    Good signing

  3. aldog83 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:24 AM

    ok.

    lets see what else comes.

    hopefully we can look back at free agency and the draft as a collective success.

    RAIDERS should take a chance on BEARS DT Henry Melton.

    Guy is a BEAST if healthy.

  4. jetsfan67 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:25 AM

    That hurts. Good job raiders.

  5. coachglove says: Mar 12, 2014 12:25 AM

    So Austin Howard will be playing left tackle for the Raiders?

  6. sactownr8r says: Mar 12, 2014 12:26 AM

    Not a bad addition, but Elway cleaned Reggie’s clock today. Very disappointing.

  7. pilonflats says: Mar 12, 2014 12:27 AM

    good signing

  8. oaklegend says: Mar 12, 2014 12:28 AM

    Nice! Unorthodox start to free agency, but the Raiders line is shaping up! What to do about the guard positions?

  9. cytofed says: Mar 12, 2014 12:28 AM

    So? Look at other teams signings.

  10. kmurph1226 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:29 AM

    Solid signing, Raiders should now sign Vick for QB, sign Hakeem Nicks or Emmanuel Sanders, and grab a pass rusher and CB in free agency with their insane amount of cap space. Then draft a QB in first round to compete against Vick.

  11. gohomeweeden says: Mar 12, 2014 12:29 AM

    5 years $30 million?!!?!??! Wow did they overpay.

  12. RoseTintedVisor says: Mar 12, 2014 12:30 AM

    raiders gave him a lot of scratch. does reggie mckenzie know how this works?

  13. bigshirk says: Mar 12, 2014 12:31 AM

    People are going to hate. But its looking like the Raiders O-line is going to be a big strength.

  14. calibear831 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:32 AM

    I’m still waiting on a big move by them,they seem to be running behind everyone else.

  15. rundmc20 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:35 AM

    Solid. It all starts at the line of scrimmage. Build from the inside out. Bit I did hink they would have landed at least a couple more signings today.

  16. dolphincult says: Mar 12, 2014 12:35 AM

    Wow. I think Reggie is in trouble. I know they got holes to fill but it looks like what little talent they had is being robbed and he resigns a broken down rb for for $4 mill?

  17. getthegleam says: Mar 12, 2014 12:35 AM

    I don’t follow the Jets so I am not sure how good this guy is. I do like that he has been healthy 2 yrs in a row, with us signing Saffold….

  18. flannlv says: Mar 12, 2014 12:36 AM

    Saffold will play guard in the end. Doesn’t anyone understand HC learned from Payton and you build the line from the inside out? Overpaid? Probably. It gives them versatility.

  19. robgilman says: Mar 12, 2014 12:38 AM

    Ok…now take Jake Matthews at pick #5, sign anther big pound the ball type of back, Reggie could be on to something

  20. rhemish says: Mar 12, 2014 12:40 AM

    Fire Reggie now. He drafted a right tackle with second pick in the draft last year after he cut Barksdale who replaced saffold who Reggie just overpaid after low balling justin v. He is incompetent his own moves prove it please bring Jon Gruden back NOW………

  21. ol5174 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:41 AM

    I feel like I’ve been punched in the groin! What are we doing? Overpaying for below average players. I just don’t understand how this is happening. 66 million dollars and we don’t sign any of the top players, but we overpay for marginal guys!

  22. rabidboy says: Mar 12, 2014 12:42 AM

    Oh boy, guess everyone’s right in that Reggie McKenzie is a complete idiot and those Raiders are clueless with free agency.

    Too bad Al wasn’t around to handle that salary cap and sign overrated, underachieving athletes.

  23. sickoe47 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:43 AM

    A quality signing by reggie McKenzie.now with howard on broad and the addition of staffold the Oline is looking pretty solid.veldheer who?!

  24. pantherpro says: Mar 12, 2014 12:43 AM

    Welcome to the dump known as Oaktown!

  25. ern215 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:45 AM

    Offensive line is now solidified

  26. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 12, 2014 12:45 AM

    This softens the blow somewhat

  27. piratesofthecoliseum says: Mar 12, 2014 12:46 AM

    Solid signing big reg!! Now let’s get a some dline and secondary signings!!!!!

  28. raiderla says: Mar 12, 2014 12:47 AM

    Whatever this somewhat good news I guess still need a QB who they gone block for? My team all messed up I say back and waited for this day to come for weeks . And was frustrated it’s messed up whe players don’t wanna play for a team/City. Right now Macy’s kicked us out so we TJ maxx pick and save shopping #PoorRaiders

  29. mahalo02 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:51 AM

    Greg Robinson LT, Saffold LG, Steven W. C, Watson/Barnes RG, Austin Howard RT. Let’s get it. Future

  30. jjfootball says: Mar 12, 2014 12:54 AM

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  31. hworm08 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:55 AM

    Not sure how NFL.com can have Veldheer ranked as the 6th best FA (at LT)…and somehow Oakland (perennial doormats) overpays for 2 other tackles that aren’t as good….

  32. flybono24 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:56 AM

    Veldheer is a WAY better left tackle than Saffold. But he low-balls Veldheer and then pays Saffold even MORE than Veldheer got from AZ.

    Reggie is an idiot.

  33. realdealsteel says: Mar 12, 2014 1:03 AM

    Jets offensive line was horrid last season. This guy isn’t any good. Raiders end up on the short end of the stick..again.

  34. rhemish says: Mar 12, 2014 1:03 AM

    Oakland should sign Alex Mack move wiz to LG kill two birds with one stone ..Mark Davis said no more excuses raider nation expects him to honor that . You don’t let l Houston and Justin v walk for what was fair contracts by other teams .you resign your own draft good and add through free agency . So far Reggie has drafted poorly let his own walk and been way to inactive in free agency. Why purge the roster of all al Davis picks ? We need depth and he just cuts young draft picks and gets nothing in return. Examples M Mitchell Carolina Barksdale Stl van dyke Pitt he also overpaid for t branch and t jones . Just think how good L Houston would have been with better talent around him linvel joseph dt NYG would have been a great fit 25 years old plus a young McGee at DT and draft Mack DE not a bad d line all under 25 years old . This is so unfair to D Allen Reggie gives him garbage and he gets the blame Reggie is the one who is in over his head ……

  35. nativeraider says: Mar 12, 2014 1:04 AM

    Im not getting these moves by McKenzie. They let Veldheer go for Saffold for MORE $. They sign Howard when we drafted Watson. If they plan on moving Watson to G where does that leave the never playing Bergstrom?

    I was a believer in McKenzie but now im thinking we’ll have a whole new regime next year. Davis will probably try to get Jim Harbaugh when hes let go by the 9ers next year.

  36. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Mar 12, 2014 1:06 AM

    I’m assuming Saffold is going to play guard. Otherwise Menlik Watson is already considered a bust and Reggie had to go.

    I’m thinking Saffold was signed because of how versatile he is and with Watson seeming to be fragile, they have a Saffold to move around as the need arises.

    I’m doing my best to find a reason for this madness.

  37. mdlinton says: Mar 12, 2014 1:11 AM

    Boom!

  38. greg2geez says: Mar 12, 2014 1:24 AM

    The Howard signing is a good thing. The only way I can begin to swallow the Saffold/Veldheer c-f is if Sparano steps up and says he was all-in on it, it was his idea. Sparano made good enough chicken salad out of chicken spit last year that I’d give him the benefit of the doubt, if just to wait and see how it pans out in camp.

  39. tuckrulesurvivor says: Mar 12, 2014 1:28 AM

    great signing big Reg , that’s how you build a team ..
    2 tackles in day one ..let’s tackle then .

  40. raiderjo55 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:28 AM

    So what about Watson?

  41. raiders4ever says: Mar 12, 2014 1:29 AM

    Great signing im looking forward to this season more than i have in a long time…spending smartlyis the key and so far so good…good solid players who are hungry to win ..” great job RM and front office

  42. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:31 AM

    Problem: The Raiders are in the wilderness and no good player wants to play for a ridiculous team with no quarterback.

  43. toonloonboon says: Mar 12, 2014 1:34 AM

    the raiders land moe howard?

  44. wayneflores says: Mar 12, 2014 1:35 AM

    How about getting some impact players?
    Steve Smith
    Champ Bailey
    Matt Schaub
    Devin Hester
    Jarrad Allen
    Michael Bush (if still has anything left)
    Can get Bush cheap.
    Darren Sproles
    Big name Tight end
    Complete Defense
    Draft: Johnny Football

  45. dannymac17 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:38 AM

    “Superbowl!” – JoeToronto

  46. ballergac says: Mar 12, 2014 1:47 AM

    We gotta start somewhere. Here’s hoping they earn that money.
    Raider Nation

  47. mcfleezy12 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:57 AM

    Nice.

  48. steeler1nation says: Mar 12, 2014 2:09 AM

    Global warming s a HOAX.

  49. Mike Rigz says: Mar 12, 2014 2:27 AM

    I’m glad to see the Raiders A.) taking care of business like their offensive line problems, and B.) Spending cash wisely.
    The Raiders have a ton of cap space because they haven’t been making ridiculous deals like the Cowboys have. You never know, with a few more playmakers and getting lucky at QB, Oakland could actually turn things around….. in four to five years ;)

  50. daltongang1 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:29 AM

    Although he played for a terrible team he actually was decent. But I mean decent as in a good backup only.

  51. onderin says: Mar 12, 2014 2:30 AM

    I have no clue why we are overpaying these average/below-average tackles. We spent 3 years of cutting cap to create the cycle for the same overspending under a new regime.

  52. aldavis4president says: Mar 12, 2014 2:45 AM

    I like it. Not rebuilding threw free agency but adding starter caliber, high character guys to groom our draftees. Keep chipping away in FA and make the sexxy pick ups in the draft! Excited to see D.J. Hayden, Menalik Watson, and Sio Moore be joined by WR Sammy Watkins, DE Scott critchton and DT Anthony johnson this coming year. Young, hungry and motivated! Reggie Mac might not be making the most popular moves, but he has a plan. #RAIDERNATION!!

  53. aldavis4president says: Mar 12, 2014 2:53 AM

    Through**

  54. jamesundeee says: Mar 12, 2014 2:53 AM

    It’s like a sideshow at the carnival.
    “Step right up and try and fix THIS offensive line!”

  55. tatum064 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:04 AM

    Good. Sign more QUALITY fa´s, Reggie. Still have 19 or more roster spots to fill!

  56. socalcpa7 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:11 AM

    I’m sorry, who?

  57. vaughnjoe says: Mar 12, 2014 4:22 AM

    The way the team spends this huge cap will be looked at closely. Based on past mistakes of course.

  58. JackedUpSports says: Mar 12, 2014 6:25 AM

    noooooooooo

  59. waldoampere says: Mar 12, 2014 7:37 AM

    Nice solid pick up for the Raiders.

  60. jimmyt says: Mar 12, 2014 7:51 AM

    Finally, some cap room. Hope they get a lot better.

  61. tooz72 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:04 AM

    decent right tackle, probably better suited in the running game

  62. djcologne says: Mar 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    Raiders brass can spin it any way they want….losing Veldheer was a huge miss. I don’t know much about these two new players but I hope that they can hold it down and perform at a high level. Good luck to Jared in Arizona!

  63. jetsarestacked says: Mar 12, 2014 8:42 AM

    as a jets fan i would have preferred to have kept howard. however, i’m not upset at all that we let him walk. he’s solid but just average. not a great signing but far from a bad one.

  64. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 12, 2014 8:45 AM

    A broken clock gets it right two times a day. A broken clock would have handled FA better then Mumbles McKenzie. Letting Veldheer and Houston go was a mistake. Then he overpays for a guy that can’t play LT and is always injured. Monroe could have been had for the $$$ Mumbles paid Saffold. Now he overpays for an avg at best RT…..

    Mumbles McKenzie has managed to do the impossible. Take an NFL record amount of cap space and make a bad team even worse. Teams with a quarter of the amount of cap space the Raiders had, did a much better job…..

  65. jetsfansince1968 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:17 AM

    Gonna miss Howard, helped the Jets O Line get better. Wish he stayed.

  66. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 11:12 AM

    Six million a year for Austin Howard? What’s going on with Reggie Mckenzie? Who’s negotiating these contracts?

  67. pftfan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:35 AM

    $6M is a lot. At least 2x as much as most teams would pay for an average RT.

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