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The Raiders have a lot of work left to do in free agency. They lost three players, gained one and retained another on Tuesday, but their player acquisition quest is anything but over.
That’s especially true along the offensive line, despite the fact they signed tackle/guard Rodger Saffold to a five-year, $42.5 million contract.
The New York Daily News is reporting that right tackle Austin Howard will visit the Raiders as a free agent looking for a new deal.
The fourth-year veteran is a two-year starter who has his best season in 2013. According to Pro Football Focus, Howard gave up just two sacks, 15 quarterback hits and 21 hurries last season, though mobile quarterback Geno Smith was sacked just eight times.
The Raiders are clearly trying to add depth and power along the offensive line. In addition to Saffold, they retained Khalif Barnes in free agency.
Also, according to the Houston Chronicle, defensive end Antonio Smith has scheduled visits to the Raiders, Titans and Redskins. Smith was a defensive end in a 3-4 front, though the 32-year old had 30 tackles and five sacks from that spot. He might fight better as a tackle in a 4-3 front.