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Free agency's open negotiation period began Saturday and Jets right tackle Austin Howard is still unsigned.  From what we gather on Twitter, fans are starting to get nervous and apocryphal tales are being told.

Brian Costello wrote for the NY Post yesterday that both sides are in talks, though nothing is done.

The Jets are also deep into negotiations with right tackle Austin Howard, an impending free agent, to bring him back, according to a source.
The Jets are quite serious about bringing Howard back, but from what we know, talks have been going on for a few weeks now.

That the deal is not yet done is worth noting, but we still feel pretty confident that the Jets will be able to get a deal done.  That said, Cumberland, Lankster and Walls have signed their deals ... so what's the difference in those cases?

The difference in our minds is that Howard stands to earn a lot more than either of those three.  Because of that Howard and his representatives are taking their time, and now with the negotiating window open, can do some checking against what other teams might be willing to offer.

We expect that the Jets and Howard can get a deal done before the Tuesday opening of free agency, but if it is going to go this far, at least Howard and his people should be able to know what fair market for his services are.

Tags: NYJets , Brian Bassett
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