Ravens sign free-agent offensive lineman Austin Howard

Ravens sign free-agent offensive lineman Austin Howard

Howard, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound lineman, started 39 games over the past three seasons with the Raiders.

Howard would likely step in as the team's first-team right tackle, a position James Hurst has manned throughout the offseason.

Pending a team physical, Howard is basically as good as gone to Baltimore.

Howard, 30, signed a three-year deal with the Ravens that is reportedly worth $16 million but includes team options after each season. He started 10 of 11 games on the Raiders' offensive line previous year, which was one of the best units in the league. They hope Howard, a six year pro, can help fill the void. Seeing action in 76 career games (72 starts), he has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles (2010) and New York Jets (2011-13).

In 2011, Howard spent time on the Ravens' practice squad from September to November before being signed to the Jets' active roster.

While last season was more hard for Howard, it was reported that he was playing through a shoulder injury suffered in training camp and ankle injuries that plagued him for much of the year.

If the 28-year-old Howard does indeed sign with the Ravens, it will be his fourth different National Football League franchise. Howard most recently underwent shoulder surgery back in January, presumably leading to his eventual release.

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