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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Contract breakdown: Ex-Jet Austin Howard

By Rich Cimini

Right tackle Austin Howard left the New York Jets to sign a five-year, $30 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. At first glance, it seemed as if the Raiders overpaid, but a closer look reveals it includes only $10.8 million in guarantees, not the $15 million that was originally reported. It wouldn't have been a stretch for the Jets to match the deal. Obviously, they feel former Seattle Seahawk Breno Giacomini (undisclosed contract) is a better value. We'll see.

Howard has a $5 million roster bonus, payable Saturday. In addition, his 2014 base salary ($2.9 million) is fully guaranteed. His 2015 base salary ($3.9 million) is guaranteed for injury, but it's not fully guaranteed until the seventh day of the 2015 league year. In other words, the Raiders can cut Howard for skill after only one season with no cap ramifications.

A breakdown of the contract, courtesy of ESPN data:

2014

Roster bonus: $5 million

Base salary: $2.9 million

Cap charge: $8.0 million

2015

Roster bonus: $3 million

Base salary: $3.9 million

Cap charge: $7.0 million

2016

Base salary: $4.4 million

Cap charge: $4.5 million

2017

Base salary: $4.9 million

Cap charge: $5.0 million

2018

Base salary: $5.4 million

Cap charge: $5.5 million

Note: A $100,000 workout bonus for each season.