We still have no word on Austin Howard. Is this officially a problem?
It seemed to be relatively obvious that the Jets would offer Howard a new contract at the end of the season. The fourth-year tackle improved vastly this season and turned into a legitimate, above-average tight end. It would make perfect sense for the Jets to hold onto him, but still, there’s no news that will be the case.
The Jets’ No. 1 priority has to be re-signing Howard, whose value could shoot up once he hits the open market at 4 p.m. EST. There are too many teams out there with the lethal combination of money and need for a tackle. Miami needs offensive linemen. They can make him a huge offer. So can a few other squads.