In the midst of the news that Austin Howard has reached an agreement with the Raiders for five years $30 million (Schefter, March 12), the Jets are trying to sign offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (Schefter, March 12).
Giacomini will visit the Jets on Wednesday.
He has played with the Seahawks for the past four seasons, and with the Packers the first three years of his NFL career after being drafted in the 2008 draft.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIf it looks as if the Jets are going to lose out on Austin Howard as now seems likely, signing a player like Giacomini in Howard’s place might be the best alternatives left for the Jets. Giacomini is a player who we are sure the Sehawks would like to keep, but who can’t be a top priority and so letting him walk seems a logical solution for the Sehawks and they will find someone else through the draft or closer to camp. For the Jets, Giacomini seems like a hold-the-fort player while the front office figures out the right side of their offensive line longer term.
The Jets were too hesitant to pay Austin Howard the dollars for which he was looking. Based on his declining play at the end of the season the Jets seem to be betting against Howard’s inability to hold up over even the medium term … at least at tackle.
As for Breno Giacomini, he graded out as the ninth best right tackle last year (Howard ranked 16th) according to ProFootballFocus. While Giacomini’s individual results weren’t strong, as a unit the right side of the Seahawks line was one of the better groups in the league … with some large part due to Marshawn Lynch.
The Jets know they need to find some short term solutions while they continue to groom backups like Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell and Ben Ijalana or dip back into the draft for the longer term.