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Giacomini re-signs with Seahawks
What would the Seahawks have done without Breno Giacomini during the 2011 season?
When first-round draft choice James Carpenter went down in practice with a season-ending knee injury in late November, Giacomini stepped in to start the final seven games at right tackle – a span that coincided with the offense rushing for an average of 133.3 yards, compared to 91.7 in the first nine games.
Giacomini has been rewarded with a multiyear contract to remain with the team.
“Late in the season, when Breno had been around with us, it was clear that he had grown a lot,” coach Pete Carroll said during the season of Giacomini’s development. “We liked him because he was a tough guy; he’s a monster of a guy, size-wise. But we weren’t sure. We weren’t sure about his overall ability and playing. Could he be a starting tackle?
“Late in the season, after we had seen him compete against our guys on the big days of competition in practice with all the pass-rush reps, it really looked good.”
The 6-foot-7, 318-pound Giacomini looked even better once given a chance. He also started the opener last season at right tackle when Carpenter moved to left guard to replace Robert Gallery.
One of the cornerstones to Carroll’s coaching philosophy is “Always compete,” and in re-signing Giacomini the Seahawks now have a competitive situation at right tackle – which was not case when they selected Carpenter with the 25th pick overall in the NFL Draft last year.
Retaining Giacomini also provides insurance in case Carpenter is not completely recovered from his knee injury when the OTA sessions start in May and the team holds its only mandatory minicamp in June.
Giacomini entered the league in 2008 as a fifth-round draft choice by the Green Bay Packers. He spent two seasons in Green Bay before the Seahawks signed him off the Packers’ practice squad on Sept. 28, 2010 – the day after his birthday.
Giacomini was one of 18 Seahawks scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month.
“I want to be here,” Giacomini said as the players were cleaning out their cubicles in the locker room last month. “I like the way this is headed. I like coach (Tom) Cable and the offensive staff and (head coach) Pete (Carroll). So hopefully I’m here next year.”
Hope has become reality.