Seahawks lose Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini and Chris Maragos

Posted Mar 12, 2014

The Seahawks lost three more players on the second day of the NFL free-agency period, as wide receiver Golden Tate signed with the Lions, backup safety Chris Maragos agreed to sign with the Eagles and tackle Breno Giacomini signs with the Jets.


A look at the players the Seahawks have signed and lost in the first two days of the NFL’s free-agency period, as well as their remaining free agents:

DL Michael Bennett
C Lemuel Jeanpierre (restricted)
SS Jeron Johnson (restricted)
TE Anthony McCoy

WR Doug Baldwin (restricted)

Agreed to terms with other teams
OT Breno Giacomini, Jets
DT Clinton McDonald, Buccaneers
FS Chris Maragos, Eagles
WR Golden Tate, Lions

DE Red Bryant, signed with Jaguars
DE Chris Clemons (pending to Jaguars)
WR Sidney Rice

Remaining unrestricted free agents
CB Brandon Browner
TE Kellen Davis
K Steven Hauschka
QB Tarvaris Jackson
DT Tony McDaniel
OL Paul McQuistan
FB Michael Robinson
DE/LB O’Brien Schofield (pending to Giants)
CB Walter Thurmond

The Seahawks proved on a weekly basis during the 2013 season that they were one of the deepest teams, if not the deepest team, in the NFL.

Fourteen starters missed a combined 68 games during the regular season, but the Seahawks rarely missed a beat in going 13-3, before winning the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Not surprisingly, other teams are dipping into that depth in free agency.

Wednesday, they started at the top as the Detroit Lions signed wide receiver/punt returner Golden Tate to a five-year contract. Tate was the leading receiver for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in 2013, when he also ranked ninth in the league with an 11.5-yard average returning punts.

The Lions got an assist from the latest snowstorm to hit the Detroit area, as Tate could not catch his scheduled flight out on Wednesday.

“I came here and kind of hung out,” Tate said during his introductory news conference. “I couldn’t go anywhere because there weren’t any flights outbound, which is probably a good thing. I had a chance to hang around here a little longer to give these guys more of a chance.

“Actually, they have a sleep room here, did you know that? With like three beds, three or four beds and it is comfortable. So, I got a nice little nap in and I woke up and the next thing I know I had a great offer on the table that I couldn’t wait to jump on.”

Also gone are offensive tackle Breno Giacomini and backup safety/special-teams standout Chris Maragos.

Giacomini agreed to terms with the Jets whose general manager John Idzik was the former vice president for football operations at the Seahawks during Giacomini's first two seasons in Seattle. He started 12 games, including the Super Bowl, in 2013 though missed seven midseason games while rehabbing from knee surgery.

Maragos agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with the Eagles was announced on the team’s website, and included a “Ten Things You Need to Know About Chris Maragos” photo blog. For example: “Chris Maragos' father, Nick, was a free safety at Northern Iowa. His brother, Troy, was a former Bucky Badger mascot at Wisconsin.”

The NFL Network reported that the two-year deal defensive end/linebacker O’Brien Schofield agreed to Tuesday is on hold because of an issue with his knee from the physical he took. reported that defensive end Chris Clemons, who was released by the Seahawks on Wednesday, is close to signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars – who are coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.