Jets Bolster Offense With Two Free Agents
After a quiet opening day to free agency, the New York Jets finally made a bit of noise Tuesday night when the team announced it had agreed to terms with RT Breno Giacomini and WR Eric Decker.
Giacomini comes over after having spent last season protecting Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s right side on Seattle’s way to a win in Super Bowl XLVIII. While he does bring this championship experience to a young Jets squad, Giacomini was one of the most penalized offensive lineman in the NFL last season.
Decker, who played with future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning last season, left the Denver Broncos with a chip on his shoulder, wanting to prove to himself and the rest of the league that he has the ability to be a No. 1 receiver. New York, who struggled mightily on offense last year due to a general lack of talent, was eager to provide Decker with his chance and quickly signed the wideout to a five-year, $36.25 million contract with $15 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It remains to be seen whether or not Decker can emerge from the shadow cast by his former receiving corps in Denver. A more complementary role may have suited him better, but he is still an upgrade over what the Jets had on the roster last season.