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Ravens sign offensive tackle Austin Howard

Ravens sign offensive tackle Austin Howard

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has done this before. In 2008, he signed veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson just days before the regular season opener. Three years later, Newsome inked talented but mercurial tackle Bryant McKinnie in late August.

He made a deal to solidify the team’s highly-scrutinized offensive line a little bit earlier this time, today signing mammoth right tackle Austin Howard, who was released by the Oakland Raiders last week, to a three-year contract.

Howard signed a three-year, $16 million pact with a team option following each year of the deal, according to the NFL Network. The size of the contract makes it all but certain that Howard, if...