Austin Howard isn’t the best lineman in the NFL anymore but for now, he will do for this Washington Redskins beat up line. The 31-year-old spent the majority of his career with the Oakland Raiders.
Howard made his debut in 2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles where he played in four games, one of those games was a start, his first of his career. He did however miss the 2011 season but then signed on with New York Jets from 2012 to 2013 where he played in 32 games, both seasons he started every game. From 2014 to 2016, Howard was a member of the Raiders where he played in 40 games, but, only played a full season with Oakland in 2014.
Howard signed a five-year, $30 million contract in 2014 with the Raiders.
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After being released by Oakland, Howard went on to sign with the Baltimore Ravens for the 2017 season appearing in all 16 games for the team. Overall in his career, Howard has played in 92 games, 88 of those he has started in.
The signing of Howard was made official by John Keim of ESPN and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
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#Redskins are signing veteran OT Austin Howard, source says. One of a few signings they’ll have to make to try to salvage this offensive line.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 5, 2018
Can confirm @MikeGarafolo report that the Redskins are signing veteran OL Austin Howard. He has started 88 career games; Did start 16 games one year at RG with Oakland.
— John Keim (@john_keim) November 5, 2018
The signing of Howard is likely for the short-term. This means, he will likely be on the roster for the remainder of the year but likely won’t be come next season. If Howard plays this year and produces well, he could get a contract offer, but that likely won’t happen.