FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Breno Giacomini is the only New York Jet who got to hang out with President Barack Obama this week.
Giacomini spent Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with his former teammates from the Seattle Seahawks, as the reigning Super Bowl champions were honored at the White House.
“It was cool to go and see those other guys again for a little bit and tour a little bit of the White House,” Giacomini said Thursday. “And then meeting the President -- that was really the biggest highlight there.”
It was back to work on Thursday for Giacomini, the Jets’ new starting right tackle, who signed a four-year, $18 million contract ($7 million guaranteed) back in March. When Austin Howard jumped to the Oakland Raiders, the Jets moved very quickly to bring in Giacomini, who started 33 games for Seattle the past three years.
He missed seven regular-seasons games last season due to a knee injury, but returned for the Seahawks’ postseason run, capped off by winning Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.
At that time, the thought of possibly playing for the Jets wasn’t on his mind. “I knew they had a really good right tackle here,” Giacomini said. “But once [Howard] made his decision, it opened up. I think it’s a good fit. We’ll find out.”
Jets general manager John Idzik was very familiar with Giacomini from his days in the Seattle front office. Giacomini said their relationship played a role in his decision, as did location -- he’s a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and wanted to be closer to his family.
He was looking for something else, too.
“The defense here is really good,” Giacomini said. “I wanted to go to a place with a good defense, ‘cause it starts with defense.”
The Jets’ D isn’t quite as good as the Seahawks', but it was ranked 11th in yards allowed last season (10 spots behind top-ranked Seattle). And Giacomini sees another link between the Jets and Seahawks, too.
“This locker room is fairly young,” the 28-year-old tackle said. “And you can tell because of all the energy in this locker room. Right away in the mornings, you can just tell -- nobody’s really moping around, it’s just energy in here. That’s another thing I found very similar.”
Now he’s hoping for similar results.