After losing right tackle Austin Howard to the Oakland Raiders on Day 1 of free agency, New York Jets GM John Idzik moved quickly to fill the void, signing Breno Giacomini, whom Idzik worked with on the Seattle Seahawks for two years. The Jets did not want to head into the draft still needing to improve at tackle, which is why Idzik was quick to make this signing.
Giacomini is a solid addition for the Jets, and he gives them a strong run blocker on the right side. He is not quite the pass protector that Howard is, but he is certainly a solid all around player. The Jets are still looking for a right guard to pair with Giacomini, but he is a good start towards giving the Jets a strong run blocking tandem to clear holes for Chris Ivory.
Terms of Giacomini’s deal still haven’t been released, but he certainly cost less than Howard did. Saving money in this area will help the Jets in the long run, as they have several other key needs to fill as well as a few young players due contract extensions. After handing out big money to Eric Decker, the Jets need to be careful not to blow through all their cap space right away. The Raiders gave Howard a five year, $30 million contract, and it’s very understandable why the Jets weren’t willing to commit that much money to a right tackle.
Howard is a better player than Giacomini, and he obviously has the potential to continue to grow. However, Giacomini is a reliable veteran who can come in and solidify the line at a reasonable price. This signing will not get Jets fans excited, but it makes a lot of sense and is a solid move from Idzik and the Jets.