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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Potential Titans target: Austin Howard

By Paul Kuharsky

The March 11 start of NFL free agency is almost upon us.

So this week we’ll look at 10 free agents I think should get a look from the Titans. We're not going in any special order.

Earlier we considered Pittsburgh outside linebacker Jason Worilds and Brian Orakpo, and both of them got tagged and won't likely get offer sheets from the Titans.

Earlier Tuesday we looked at Lamarr Houston.

Austin Howard, RT, N.Y. Jets

Age: 26

Drafted: Undrafted by Philadelphia out of Northern Iowa in 2010.

Career: Four seasons for Eagles and Jets with 36 games and 33 starts.

2013: Started 16 games at right tackle.

From ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini: “The Jets are trying to sign him. I think it'll get done. Big, mauling run-blocker. So-so pass protector but improving. Excellent locker-room guy. Undrafted FA. Former college basketball player.”

From ESPN resident scout Matt Williamson: “A pure right tackle, Howard has quietly played well for the Jets over the past two seasons. He is much better in protection than he is blocking for the run.”

PFF says: No. 8 OT.

My rationale: Cimini says mauling run-blocker but Williamson told me that’s more about body type than production. What do the Titans think? David Stewart was a mauling run-blocker and he’s the guy I expect the Titans to be replacing. Howard wouldn’t cost a ton and would give the Titans a veteran as opposed to another rookie a year after adding two young starters to the line.