In 2014, when the Raider signed Austin Howard to a 5-year, $30 million deal, it was the biggest contract Reggie McKenzie had handed out as GM. They were rumored to have accidentally had a prorated signing bonus in it which made it difficult to move on from Howard without leaving a lot of dead money.
After three years, the amount of dead money finally dipped below his cap savings and his was summarily released.
Once released, the Ravens didn’t waste any time signing him to a 3-year, $15 million deal. Now a year later, and Baltimore has decided not to pick up the option in that contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, cutting the starting right tackle loose again.
The #Ravens are not picking up the option for RT Austin Howard, source said. A right tackle who started 16 games is on the market at a very thin position.