Updated: March 12, 2014, 9:33 PM ET
Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Less than 24 hours after losing right tackle Austin Howard to the Oakland Raiders, the New York Jets found his replacement, agreeing to terms Wednesday night with former Seattle Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini.
Contract terms weren’t immediately available. Giacomini was the Jets’ first free-agent signing after nearly two full days of inactivity.
The Jets made the announcement mere minutes after news broke that their former star cornerback, Darrelle Revis, agreed to sign with the New England Patriots, only hours after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giacomini deal won’t offset the fans’ anguish, seeing Revis land with a bitter rival, but the Jets did fill a hole with an experienced starter.
The 6-7, 318-pound Giacomini, a fifth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2008, spent three seasons with the Seahawks. He has 33 career starts, including nine last season. He missed seven games due to a knee injury, but made it back for Seattle’s postseason run. He started in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos.
General manager John Idzik is a former Seahawks executive and became familiar with Giacomini in 2011 and 2012.
The Jets tried to re-sign Howard, but talks broke down Tuesday and he hit the open market, quickly agreeing to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Raiders. Giacomini was the fallback plan, and he flew to New Jersey to meet Wednesday with team officials.
They hope to bolster the offense by signing a wide receiver or two. Denver Broncos free agent Eric Decker spent the day at the Jets’ facility and dined with team personnel Wednesday night in New Jersey. The Jets would love to add Decker and another veteran receiver, perhaps Green Bay Packers free agent James Jones, in whom they’ve expressed interest.
Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduate