Report: Jets Working on Contract Extension with Austin Howard


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With free agency looming over the NFL, the New York Jets are gearing up to take the next step in the right direction. Still one month away from the official start of free agency,   the Jets are reportedly working on signing right tackle Austin Howard to a contract extension before free agency commences. NYDN reports. Howard was a restricted free agent last year which is why the team wants to resign him this year to avoid him from being an unrestricted free agent.

Howard, 26, is an average player at the right tackle position, but has brought a certain level of stability to RT since his arrival in 2012. Howard has been known to be a bit of a liability during run plays, however, he has only allowed two sacks in his last 16 starts, according to Pro Football Focus.

Along with Willie Colon, Howard is one of the more important free agents that the Jets should look at securing before free agency starts.

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