Ravens sign offensive tackle Austin Howard

OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens' offensive line just got a big upgrade.

On Friday, reports indicated that the team signed former Jets and Raiders offensive tackle Austin Howard, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The three-year deal is worth $16 million with $5.5 million guaranteed in the first year.

A free agent out of the 2010 NFL Draft, Howard's first stop came with the Philadelphia Eagles. After a year in Philly, Howard actually spent some time on Baltimore's practice squad. Howard landed his first starting gig in 2012 with the New York Jets. Over two seasons, Howard did not miss a game as the Jets' starting right tackle.

After the 2013 season, Howard signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Howard played in all 16 games for the Raiders in 2014, but battled injuries over the last two seasons. He ended the '15 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He missed five games last season with a shoulder injury that bothered him all season. In January, Howard underwent surgery to repair his shoulder.

Even though Howard failed to play 16 games in the past two seasons, he has 72 starts under his belt. Howard, 30, brings some much needed experience to the Ravens offensive line riddled with injuries and depth concerns.

Right now, James Hurst is penciled in as Baltimore's starting right tackle. Expect that to change once Howard starts to practice.

Image Credit: Baltimore Beatdown 

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