Report: Jets Out To Re-Sign Howard Before He Gets To Free Agency

26-Year-Old Right Tackle Allowed Just 2 Sacks During The 2013 Season

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets have a lot of work to do if they plan on taking the next step off a surprising 8-8 season.

It appears as if they want to begin their pivotal offseason in the trenches.

New York is currently in talks with right tackle Austin Howard, hoping to re-sign the 26-year-old to a multi-year deal before he gets a chance to test unrestricted free agency, the Daily News reported Thursday.

Howard, who was signed off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in 2011, started all 16 games last season and quietly emerged as a solid run- and pass-blocker. And since the Jets have been trying to become more balanced on offense it stands to reason they would like to keep continuity on their offensive line.

Howard allowed only two sacks in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus.

The NFL’s free agency signing period begins on March 11.

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