NFL Rumors: Las Vegas Raiders Visiting With Free Agent Tight End

The Las Vegas Raiders are currently in need of a tight end following the departure of Darren Waller to the New York Giants and with Foster Moreau still a free agent.

Although they plan to draft a TE1 in the 2023 NFL Draft, they could use some veteran help in the meantime.

Fortunately, there are still many options available in free agency, and the team is reportedly meeting with former first-round pick O.J. Howard on Monday.

Howard, who spent his first five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing for the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans in the last two seasons, has played in 72 games in the NFL, starting 56 times.

However, his production has been limited in recent years, with only 24 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns over the last two seasons.

This can be attributed to a torn Achilles injury that derailed his career in 2020 after an impressive start in the league.

Despite his recent lack of production, Howard could still be a valuable addition to the Raiders due to his blocking abilities and experience.

In his rookie season, Howard was a downfield threat with an average depth of target (aDOT) of 12.3, leading all qualified tight ends, while also hauling 26 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns.

The Raiders could use his veteran presence to help bridge the gap until their TE1 from the draft is ready to take over.

It's possible that a deal could be struck within the next few days, but nothing is confirmed yet.

The Raiders are exploring all options available to them as they seek to bolster their tight-end position for the upcoming season. 
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