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The Baltimore Ravens are near finalizing a cope with free-agent offensive deal with Austin Howard, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Howard – who was just lately launched by the Oakland Raiders – is in Baltimore to take a bodily. If signed, the 30-yr-previous will probably slide into the beginning proper deal with spot, changing Rick Wagner, who left in free company.

The Ravens have already misplaced middle John Urschel (retirement) and rookie guard Nico Siragusa (knee damage), so including extra our bodies to the offensive line was a precedence.

Whereas Howard struggled final yr, even alongside the robust expertise on the Raiders’ line, he represents an improve over projected starter James Hurst.