Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Oakland Raiders [Print without images]

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Fashioning an early Raiders O-line

By Paul Gutierrez

The Oakland Raiders reaching an agreement late Tuesday night with former New York Jets right tackle Austin Howard on a five-year, $30-million contract, with $15 million guaranteed, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, was the Raiders’ second “acquisition” of the day.

Though it is early in the free agency game, it’s never too early to throw out a lineup, right? So how does this grab you for a rebuilt offensive line?

LT Menelik Watson -- Yeah, that’s putting a lot on his plate, but it’s March.

LG Khalif Barnes -- Performed admirably after making switch in November.

C Stefen Wisniewski -- The anchor of the line.

RG Rodger Saffold -- True, a lot of coin for a guard, but Raiders like his versatility.

RT Austin Howard -- Has previous relationship with offensive line coach Tony Sparano.

Four wild cards -- RT Matt McCants, G/T Tony Bergstrom, RG Mike Brisiel, G Lamar Mady.