It looks like the Raiders may have found the potential replacement for Marshall Newhouse. Thursday the team signed veteran free agent offensive tackle Breno Giacomini.
The 11-year NFL veteran was originally a 5th round pick by the Packers while Reggie McKenzie was in the team’s front office. Giacomini would spend just one season in Green Bay, appearing in one game before being released and spending a couple seasons on the team’s practice squad.
In 2010, the Seahawks signed the 6-7, 320-pounder off the Packers’ practice squad, cut him, and later resigned him. He made the team in 2011 under Tom Cable and would become the starting right tackle midway through the season.
After three seasons as the starting right tackle in Seattle, including as the starter for their 2013 Super Bowl run, he signed with the Jets and started for three seasons there, with his final season ending with a back injury after five games.
The 32-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Texans last year and started all last season.
It was a rough season for Giacomini. He has never been a great right tackle, but last season was especially bad. He gave up 9 sacks, 8 hits, and 64 hurries (!!!) along with 9 penalties according to Pro Football Focus figures. That’s not good. In fact, that’s a combined 81 pressures which led the NFL why a wide margin. Compared to 38 by Newhouse. So, more than twice as many.
For the time being, he fills the spot vacated by Newhouse. He certainly has a leg up with his familiarity from McKenzie and Cable. But his addition in no way guarantees the job is his or that the team would not still be looking at tackles in the draft.