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Hawks sign Giacomini to 2-year deal

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm with 61 Comments »
February 10, 2012 1:08 pm
Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Breno Giacomini against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

First reported by Brian McIntyre, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed the team signed offensive lineman Breno Giacomini to a multi-year deal.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Giacomini was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 13. According to NFLPA records, Giacomini will make base salaries of $1.5 million the upcoming season and $3 million 2013.

Giacomini, 26, indicated during locker room cleanout in January that he wanted to remain in Seattle.

“I want to be here,” he said. “I like the way this is headed. I like Coach (Tom) Cable and the offensive staff and Pete (head coach Pete Carroll), so I hopefully I’m here next year.”

The University of Louisville product proved he could be a contributor as a starter in 2011, starting the last seven games at right tackle for the Seahawks when rookie James Carpenter went down with an ACL knee injury.

Giacomini also started the season opener at San Francisco because Carpenter started at left guard with veteran Robert Gallery out with a sprained knee. And he served as a blocking tight end in short-yardage situations.

Giacomini appreciated getting the game experience so he could study his tape during the offseason.

“It’s huge,” Giacomini said. “I’m going to take all the games with me, and study them. And study some of these other tackles that made the Pro Bowl and see where there at. It’s just going to big to have this offseason where you can see yourself on film, so that’s big. And then to keep learning and keep growing as an offense.”

Giacomini is the first Seahawks free agent signed by the team so far this offseason. The Seahawks have 22 free agents – 17 unrestricted, three restricted and two exclusive rights free agents.

Re-signing running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant remain priorities for the Seahawks leading up to the beginning of free agency in March.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    This is good. He’s really come a long way since bouncing between Green Bay’s PS and active roster. He was a turnstile there but is really coming into his own and helps sustain the surprising depth Seattle showed up front last season.

  2. OCHawkFan says:

    Does this signal Giacomini as the starting RT, moving Carpenter to LG?

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t believe it does, Carpenter’s health not withstanding. Carp was drafted to be their RT and I believe he’ll be just that until he proves he’s incapable. We’re not there after a limited off-season last year and a shortened regular season.

  4. c_hawkbob says:

    Very good new indeed, nice way to kick off the offseason!

  5. I’m pretty sure that Carp will contribute nothing next year (at least not early in the season). You don’t get a big guy like him who tears his ACL this late in the season and is ready for the following year. I think he’s going to start in 2013, I just don’t know at what position. If Breno has a good year next year, I’d expect him (Carp) to play LG. If Breno sucks, they won’t pay him $3 million and will have Carp at RT. There’s always other variables, but I think that scenario is pretty safe. Now, lets resign McQuistan and potentially save money under the cap by dumping Gallery and his $5 million (or force him to take less – which I’d be fine with too).

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    This is indeed a good way to start the off season. I really like Breno’s attitude a Cable guy all the way…

  7. The conspiracy theorist in me says that signing Breno will mean continuity to our OL moving forward and help will entice a free agent QB to come here:)

  8. Dukeshire says:

    How would that qualify as a conspiracy? Lol.

  9. He looked better than Carp IMO. Although Carp had some good moments. Just slow feet.

  10. I think Carp makes it back to start the season. He tore his knee up in week 9. Red Bryant tore his knee up in week 8 of the prior season and was back on the field for the first game with no off-season workouts or OTA’s, which Carpenter should have. They are both big boys. So it is definitely possible.

  11. I think Carp will make a fine NFL LG worthy of a 1st round pick. I think he will emerge as a decent run blocking RT who always sucks in pass protection to the point where a back or TE will always have to babysit to the point where he’ll be a solid NFL player but not a guy you will have been happy to use a #1 pick on. I think he could make a Pro Bowl on the interior but I don’t think there’s any way in heck he could make it there as a tackle.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    While I think Carpenter has heavy feet, I’ll be interested to see how he performs working with Seattle’s conditioning (rehab) staff for an entire off-season before I write him off as a RT. That said, worst case scenario is that he very likely will make a fine LG, should he not be a complete tackle.

  13. Good point. He could make a decent RT in his mid-20s if those feet can/will improve quite a bit with much better conditioning.

    I think these shorter contracts (4 years) are going to be more of the norm moving forwards. Breno signed a deal like Branch did last year, granted for less money, but still 2 years (but the better players, like Rice, will get the longer deals like the 4 years he signed for — PLEASE let his gord be okay moving forward!). I think the union made sure that teams can’t have as much “dead” money anymore (money they “can’t” spend b/c of taking a cap hit… i.e. pocketing the money, in some cases, and crying about how they “can’t” spend anymore).

    Can we fast-forward a month so we can have signed Matt Flynn so I don’t have to dread another season?

  14. chuck_easton says:

    OK, Bobby and Duke,

    I’m going to be the mediator here. IF Carp comes back and shows more quickness GREAT! Try Breno at LG. If Carp comes back and still looks slow (FOR A TACKLE) move him to LG, put Breno at RT and we still have a better line than we’ve had in some time.

    I like win/win scenarios.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – Aside from the Breno to LG, aren’t we all saying essentially the same thing? Indeed…

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carp has LG written all over him! Had it from day one.

    If we don’t draft Upshaw or Still, Cable ( imo ) will be pining for Decastro. And that’s just fine with me!

    Just look at his face! Nasty! Just as safe a pick as Luck for his position.

    I would rather address the d- line through free agency this year, and continue to build the o-line into being one of the best in the NFL.

  17. Sarcasticus says:

    I would love to see TR drop to the ‘Hawks. I don’t think there is any way that happens, but I would be very excited.

  18. Sarcasticus says:

    Giacomini did well to earn this paycheck.

  19. First and foremost, I could care less if we had 5 Steve Largent(s), 4 Walter Jones, 3 Cortez Kennedy, 2 Kenny Easley, etc. ***IF*** we don’t get a real QB… I really could care less about anything else, as it’ll all be pointless…

    Georgia – I love DeCastro, I really do. If I were in charge of an NFL team, I’d take him probably in the top 10 (if my rep was on the line and it’d trump team needs on a personal level — even though Kalil is going to go higher at a more important position, I think DeCastro is slated to make the Pro Bowl before him). I know it’s unconventional, but if you’re judged based on who you draft, I believe he’s going to be a Pro Bowler and I’d rather have that than a more “important” player at a more “important” position. However, if Carp is slated in my and your world, and we already have Moffitt, as just another “guard” I wouldn’t take him (DeCastro) even if he was who I thought would be the best player.

    All I know is that the only reason you play the games is to put yourself in position to win the Super Bowl and there’s NO way in heckle-and-jeckle that we’re ever going to win it if we continue with a sh!t QB and without adding another legit pass rusher (or two).

  20. I LOVE the fact that he resigned. I am very excited that many guys say they want to be here. That has got to be attractive to any FA.

    Long term this helps us if Carp doesn’t develop as a RT, I still see him as a valuable team member who can play solid at LG. I really like the way Breno played at the end of the year and provides great depth for our team.

    How do these $$ numbers compare to other OL guys?

  21. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll be incredibly disappointed if Seattle uses a first round pick on o line, 3 years in a row. At this stage, it’s not just unnecessary, but irresponsible. There are bigger needs to address, that early, IMO.

  22. I’ll be incredibly disappointed if Seattle doesn’t address the QB position with any seriousness this season [even though they have "invested" in crap (Weirdbeard) and sh!t (T-Jack) the past two years]. They need to make it three in a row for us to give a darn about the upcoming season, which is the third year of this rebuilding effort. If they are hell bent on having the worst QB situation in the history of the NFL, they should simply try to resign “what’s a” Dilfer this off-season.

    Personally, I could care less about how many Doug Baldwin or Richard Sherman types they add (I don’t see a difference b/w 5-11 or 11-5 if nobody wins a Super Bowl), they can go to hell as an organization if they continue to screw all of us over with worthlessness at the most important position in professional sports (and we can wait for the next regime to be smart enough to do it, but based on history, perhaps we’re doomed to worthlessness?). Sure, anyone can whine about how “it’s their job” bla, bla, bla… but nobody can tell me that they (Mr. Happy or Green Bay Schneider) have been Seahawk fans for the last 20-30 years. I have cared that long. They haven’t (and I don’t care if it’s my “job” or not) and I’m sure as hell smart enough to know that we aren’t going to achieve our goal (***WIN*** a Super Bowl) with losers at QB. I’ll be part of their cult if they actually address this position (as so many ‘other’ things have been good) but the opposite if they try going another season with wothlessness at that position.

  23. Duke – I know you don’t mean anything negative about the 3 OL in 3 years… I agree… Part of that argument for DeCastro was if I only had 1 year to draft (hypothetical)… Selfishly, I’d draft the best players even if you/me/I didn’t need them since that’d make me, the person who drafted him, look better, even if what’s in the best interest of the Seahawks is needing a QB or DE in the 1st round. Does that make sense?

  24. JazBadAzz says:

    Good re-sign by the management team, I’m just curious to know why the contracts only 2yrs? Breno a good dude and he makes solid blocks!

  25. “they can go to hell as an organization if they continue to screw all of us over with worthlessness at the most important position in professional sports”

    come on now – they hired the most desirable coach out there at the time, and paid him top dollar. he’s clearly turning the team around. looking back on ’11, you can’t really make a convincing case that Hass was significantly better than what we had at the position, maybe he wins us a game or two more, maybe, and we still don’t make the playoffs. it’s not so easy to just whip up a great QB, of course they’d take Luck or Griffin if their pick was high enough – and we have zero idea if the Colts have made their pick available (why would they?). so, I get that you don’t think TJ is the answer, most of us would agree – but why all the stomping and yelling?

    the team has made almost all of the right decisions since PC and Schneider took over. no reason to think they’re going to forget how to do it going forward.

  26. Nice cherry pick of the post. What the hell part did you not understand about my agreeing with most of their moves did you fail to comprehend? They are doing great, but it won’t matter if they don’t get a QB. That can’t be too hard to understand, can it?

  27. “Personally, I could care less about how many Doug Baldwin or Richard Sherman types they add (I don’t see a difference b/w 5-11 or 11-5 if nobody wins a Super Bowl), they can go to hell as an organization if they continue to screw all of us over with worthlessness at the most important position in professional sports (and we can wait for the next regime to be smart enough to do it, but based on history, perhaps we’re doomed to worthlessness?). Sure, anyone can whine about how “it’s their job” bla, bla, bla… but nobody can tell me that they (Mr. Happy or Green Bay Schneider) have been Seahawk fans for the last 20-30 years. I have cared that long. They haven’t (and I don’t care if it’s my “job” or not) and I’m sure as hell smart enough to know that we aren’t going to achieve our goal (***WIN*** a Super Bowl) with losers at QB. I’ll be part of their cult if they actually address this position (as so many ‘other’ things have been good) but the opposite if they try going another season with wothlessness at that position”

    Lol, go on with your badself Bobbyk. Love it!

  28. I’m happy to see Breno signed and would be even more happy if we drafted DeCastro in the 1st. How often does a guard like him come along? I want to see our interior line do other teams what NO’s did to the Lions.

    I can understand the desire for a 1st round pass rusher though. If we don’t take DeCastro or Richardson and they’re available I see us trading down because somebody’s going to want them.

  29. “Nice cherry pick of the post. What the hell part did you not understand about my agreeing with most of their moves did you fail to comprehend? They are doing great, but it won’t matter if they don’t get a QB. That can’t be too hard to understand, can it?”

    I don’t really see where in your post you said you agreed w/them – but I read enough of your posts to know that you love plenty of the guys they’ve brought in. My point was pretty simple too – these guys are doing a good job. They’re building a young, athletic, physical team. QB is the hardest spot to fill. They’ve been trying. Maybe you don’t agree w/what they’ve done, but when you say stuff like, “they can go to hell”, or they’re “hellbent on having the worst QB situation in the history of the NFL” – - it’s over the top, and isn’t deserved, given what they’ve done in completely turning over an aging roster that was going nowhere.

  30. I’d understand the maniacal rant three months from now, but can we at least see how free agency and the draft play out before we blow our loads?

  31. JazBadAzz says:

    Bobby loves to rant a lot…he’s like a mole to infect our minds with doubt, but it ain’t happening here buddy! #movealong

  32. It’s way more entertaining this way Carson. Happy to see Giacomini back. Talent and depth on that O-line is critical.

    Going to guess that at least one of the following quarterbacks is on our roster by the end of April. Any one of the four would give more forward hope/potential than T-Jack and might serve to delay Bobby’s stroke. Either Flynn, Foles, Osweiler or Cousins will be on board.

  33. JazBadAzz: “I’m just curious to know why the contracts only 2yrs?”

    Good point. I think there is one simple reason why Breno was signed for only 2 years — because Tom Cable does not see Breno as his RT of the future. He sees James Carpenter as his RT of the future, and that’s why they drafted Carp #1 and are paying him starting RT money for 4 years.

    I think this idea of Carpenter ending up at G is being taken too seriously. Cable thinks Carp will be a dominant RT once he matures, and I’m inclined to believe him.

  34. Dukeshire says:

    Stevos – But we all have him slated as a guard! What about us?!

  35. Didn’t Carp come out of college playing LT? I think it takes a hell of a lot more time than 8 games to successfully switch from left to right, and that may be part of his heavy feet syndrome. I do remember he started getting better with his first step, so much so, that at times I was shocked he wasn’t flagged for a false start. But again, as others have said, if he can’t make the move to RT a success, I think he’d be fine at LG. And Breno looked damn good while he was in there. (But I’d like to see more before I go all in on him.)

  36. SandpointHawk says:

    Very entertaining posts tonight, I’d like to ask Bobby which is better crap or sh!t but I don’t want to rile him up, sounds like he needs his sleep tonight..[even though they have "invested" in crap (Weirdbeard) and sh!t (T-Jack) the past two years]…

    And now here’s some Seahawk news…

    Will Lewis, who has worked in the Seahawks front office since coming to Seattle with Mike Holmgren in 1999, left his job as the vice president of pro personnel. The news was first reported by ESPN and subsequently confirmed by a team spokesman. It is not known why Lewis left. Lewis, who was a cornerback and kick returner for the Seahawks in 1980 and 1981, coached at various levels before becoming a scout and Green Bay’s assistant director of pro personnel.

    Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/feb/10/seahawks-keeping-lineman-giacomini-around/#ixzz1m4bkdYPc

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If/or when we get that elusive elite qb to take us to the Super bowl, what will be the plan to get past the refs? Lol.

  38. wabubba67 says:

    Don’t worry…judging by Schneider’s history in Green Bay, the QB situation will be addressed. Think of all the QBs the Packers have acquired and developed over the years. They are great insurance policies for your own organization and potential trading chips to acquire 1st and 2nd round picks.

  39. raymaines says:

    I’m about 98% ready to buy into the idea that JS & PC will address the QB situation. 1% of doubt is that they traded for CW, and the other 1% of doubt is that they signed T-Jack. Just about everything else they’ve done has been successful, but I’m still a little bit worried. Maybe JS is in the bathroom or something when someone else at Green Bay picks the next QB?

  40. Re the topic: good move for the $’s involved.

  41. Re Carp: it;s going to take me a long time to get over picking him instead of Andy Dalton.

    Re this blog: you’ve got a bug. I tried to post this a minute ago, & got a response something to the effect of “the comment has been reported”. HUH??!

  42. Dukeshire, lol! If I ran the Seahawks you would have a job on the staff. But be glad I don’t run the Seahawks!

  43. “I’m about 98% ready to buy into the idea that JS & PC will address the QB situation. 1% of doubt is that they traded for CW, and the other 1% of doubt is that they signed T-Jack. Just about everything else they’ve done has been successful, but I’m still a little bit worried.”

    I don’t have any problem with the TJ signing — strike-shortened off-season, no obvious better options (b/c their first round pick was too low and Kolb’s asking price was too expensive). The CW trade was obviously a swing and a miss, but at least they didn’t give up first rounders for him; and all in all, I think it was worth the shot to see if he was a diamond in the rough. Turns out he wasn’t.

  44. moo: “Re Carp: it;s going to take me a long time to get over picking him instead of Andy Dalton.”

    I’m with you, absolutely.

    But sometimes I think that passing on Dalton showed how patient JS and PC are in their plan to build this team. They insisted on building the foundation of O line and D first, even at the expense of passing on a seeming sure-thing like Dalton when he was there for the taking. This makes me think that fans wanting to overpay for a QB this year are likely to be disappointed again. JS and PC have a five-year plan, not a one-year plan. They’re not in a big rush. I think their only goal is super bowl by 2015.

    Thinking about this, it would seem likely they’ll have little interest in Peyton Manning, and will be very cautious before overpaying for any veteran QB or reaching for any QB in the first round. Still, at a minimum I expect them to draft a couple of QBs after round 1 this year. But they don’t see this as a now-or-never proposition the way some fans do. They’ve been paid to build a great team by 2015.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    Among other things, the age factor regarding Manning, would be counter to everything Carroll and Schneider have done, so far. Like Stevo, I just don’t see it happening.

  46. PM Has talked about accepting a contract with mostly incentives. Even so, I agree with you both. I think another team would be willing to hand him more gauranteed than we would. Just doesn’t seem like JS/PC’s style.

    I’m excited to see how they address the QB situation though. Really excited.

    The CW situation was dissapointing, as has been the TJ situation. But not tons was invested there. And if you’re going to “miss” on a player, I’d rather have it be for a short, low-risk contract.

  47. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would be happy if The Seahawks picked Tannehill. Of all the qbs in the draft( except Luck ) Tannehill intrigues me the most.

  48. Dukeshire says:

    Soft? I hate Hines Ward. He’s a smirking punk and as dirty as any WR that has ever played the game. But soft he is not. He is however, an aging wide out on a team that has 3 young and very talented recievers. He’s nothing more than a glorified slot recoever who has lost, at least, a step, at this point. I hope he never plays another snap in he league, again.

  49. Dukeshire says:

    slot *reciever*…

  50. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Be careful what you say Dukeshire, Whisenhunt could sign him on the cheap, and we will have to see that smirk at least two times more then we want to next year. LOl.

  51. Dukeshire says:

    Well, if so, I can’t wait for Kam to light his ass up. Lol

  52. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That would be worth seeing! And a great way to send Ward officially into retirement.

  53. I wish there was a like button for the previous 2 posts

  54. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think this is a good analysis of our receiver situation moving forward, however if The FO decides to sign Ward this year we will hear a bashing of extraordinary magnitude coming from Dukesire that will be much stronger in comparison to BobbyK’s bashing of Jackson after the FO signed him. Lol.

    http://12thmanrising.com/2012/02/11/seahawks-roster-analysis-receivers/

  55. Dukeshire says:

    I think I would become physically ill, if they signed him. Fortunately however, there is no chance this FO signs a 36 year old reciever, so I’m safe (as are the rest of you from having to hear, what would surely be, a stream of negative and irrational posts). Lol

  56. Now if we could just get news on Red or Marshawn :) I would also be good with a Hawthorne or Hill Signing as well!

  57. maddog12 says:

    ESPN was reporting that he is wanting to rework his contract with the Steelers to stay.

  58. Dukeshire says:

    That’s supposed to be Manning’s profile? Reminds me more of the Pats logo. Fun concept, though.

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