By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks lost their second offensive starter in a matter of hours Wednesday as right tackle Breno Giacomini agreed to a deal with the Jets.
It comes not long after wide receiver Golden Tate left Seattle for a five-year deal with the Lions that will pay him up to $31 million.
Terms of Giacomini’s deal with the Jets have yet to be reported.
His departure pushes Seattle into the market for a right tackle, though not necessarily a starter. Michael Bowie made eight starts as a rookie last season, including seven at right tackle when Giacomini was out with a knee injury. He played well enough to at least merit consideration to be Seattle’s starter next season.
Giacomini was a three-year starter for the Seahawks. He was also their enforcer, the player offensive-line coach Tom Cable identified as the one Seahawk he’d choose to have alongside him in a dark alley. Giacomini’s aggressiveness was a dual-edged sword earlier in his career with Seattle, sometimes leading to personal-foul penalties that he eventually curbed.
Seattle signed Giacomini off of Green Bay’s practice squad in 2010. Connections were key then as they are now. Seahawks general manager John Schneider was still working in Green Bay’s front office in 2008 when the Packers drafted Giacomini in the fifth round, and the man that just signed him, John Idzik, was Seattle’s salary-cap expert before he became the Jets’ general manager.
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