Ravens Reach Deal with Former Raiders OL Austin Howard

The Ravens made their biggest offseason addition to the offensive line Friday when they reached an agreement with former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Austin Howard, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Jason Hensley of ESPN.com.

Howard, 30, is expected to compete with James Hurst at the starting right tackle spot. Baltimore hadn’t signed an experienced lineman since losing Rick Wagner, a three-year starter who signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency.

The addition of Howard would provide much-needed experience to a thinning offensive line. Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda had been the only lineman who started more than 13 games in the NFL. Baltimore lost two linemen — John Urschel (retirement) and Nico Siragusa (knee) — for the season since training camp began eight days ago.

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