The ever-vigilant Brian McIntyre has spotted a contract extension for 26-year old OT Breno Giacomini in the NFLPA records. Giacomini was to hit the market, but is now signed through to 2013, with base salaries of $1.5 million in 2012 and $3 million in 2013.
Giacomini was a 5th-round pick by the Green Bay Packers back in 2008. The Seahawks plucked him off the Packers practice squad in September 2010, and while he did not play a game in the 2010 season, he was active for 15 games in 2011, starting 8 as a replacement for inexperienced and later injured rookie RT James Carpenter. He was a very adequate replacement as the season went on, and displayed a mean streak that is definitely desirable from a run-blocking right tackle.
With both Okung and Carpenter rehabbing this off-season, the risk always exists that we might have to shuffle around depth in the early parts of next season. Even if both return fully healthy, Giacomini provides valuable, experienced depth.
Contract details will become available later. Contracts are kind of hard to peg now. The per-team soft salary floor (no hard floor, remember that) starts next season, and the new CBA's rookie cap has shifted contracts so we should expect high-level backups/semi-starters like Giacomini to make much more than they would have under the last CBA.