The Las Vegas Raiders have signed tight end O.J. Howard, the team announced on Monday. Howard visited with the Raiders earlier in the day, and his signing comes just a week after the Raiders traded starting All-Pro tight end Darren Waller to the New York Giants.
Howard, a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017, has played 72 games with 56 starts in his career, recording 129 catches for 1,882 yards and 17 touchdowns. Last season, he played for the Houston Texans and had 10 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
In addition to signing Howard, the Raiders also announced the signing of former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Jordan Willis and former Buffalo Bills safety Jaquan Johnson, as well as the re-signing of defensive lineman Jerry Tillery.
The Raiders finished the 2022 season with a record of 6-11, missing the playoffs under new coach Josh McDaniels.