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.