Dec 12, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch (99) celebrates after a sack of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (not pictured) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated St. Louis 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Potential Seahawks Targets As Free Agency Winds Down

We made it through Thursday without word that Tony McDaniel has signed with the Seahawks. (Though that might still happen before I get this published.) There’s not a lot of players who are capable of helping the Seahawks still out there, but there are a few.

Defensive Tackle

Tony McDaniel – Could be done at any moment. Rotational player who can back up 3 positions on the line.

Alan Branch – Branch is perhaps the best DT still available. He also knows Seattle’s system, and the coaches know him, so there wont be a learning curve in that regard.

Richard Seymour – Seymour is a name, but he’s not the dominant player he once was. He’s still good though, and can offer a pass rush element that Branch can’t.


LeRoy Hill – Hill could always come back if he’s willing to sign for the league minimum.

Brian Urlacher – Just kidding. I just wanted to see if you were actually reading this.

DJ Williams – The recently released Bronco is on the wrong side of 30, but on a one year deal to compete with Malcolm Smith for playing time and to provide depth in case the draft doesn’t fall in a way that gives the Seahawks the the player they need.

Offensive Tackle

Jason Smith, Bryant McKinnie, Barry Richardson – No long term solutions, because there’s no way the Seahawks pay for one, but all three offer an upgrade over the frustratingly mediocre Breno Giacomini. Signing any of them could actually provide some cap relief as well, since Breno is definitely overpaid at this point and would then be released. Going this route would require that the Seahawks draft a someone who could take over at RT after 2013.


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  • Hawk_Eye

    All the interviews with Pete Carroll and Tom Cable on the radio last year said they loved Breno Giacomini and his aggressiveness. Tom Cable said if he had to choose one lineman on our squad for a street fight it would be Breno. He had a lot of penalties during the first half of the year, but I thought he played pretty well the second half.

    I knew Brian Urlacher was done last year when Russell Wilson made him look silly. He looked really slow, then on top of it, we put him out of the game.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Being in a street fight doesn’t equate to being an NFL offensive tackle. They love his attitude and aggressiveness, but that doesn’t mean he’s a starting OT.

      • hawkman54

        The RG position was WAY more of an issue last year than RT, That being said getting better is alwasy a good thing.

  • wrecked’em

    Breno is solid start watching him closer. He’s always down field cleaning up piles and flat taking defenders out. Hot head? Yeah. Stupid penalties? Yeah, but exactly the nasty mauler you want on the line. The quintessential “dirt bag” Mora wished he could find. A nasty penalty here and there can be worth it as it sets a tone. Marshawn is beastly but he isn’t doing it alone out there. Breno is always the first one there helping Marshawn up after a tackle and clearing bodies off of him (that’s where he’s been penalized a few times). I bet for sure he’s on Lynch’s Christmas list. One of my favorite Hawks. A pure mauling punisher.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      It’s not his attitude, work ethic or run blocking that are the problem. It’s the fact that he is one of the worst pass blockers in the league and one of the can’t avoid drive killing penalties. After a season and a half as a starter, neither of these 2 aspects of his game has significantly improved.

  • ItsFinnagain

    I love Breno. Tough as nails and no conscience. I love the way he never quits (although he should when the whistle blows)

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I love his attitude, but unless he learns how to pass block and protect our franchise QB then the team needs to look in another direction.

      • wrecked’em

        Meh…….The mono-browed road grader will hold down that spot as long as Cable is here and I hope that is a long time. Some great pass rushing D ends are coming off right tackle he’s gonna lose some of those 1 on 1′s and Wilson has the scrambles to compensate. His piss nasty attitude is invaluable on that line. He’s only made the headlines for the penalties and that’s effected his stats but he’s cleaned up as time has gone on. Usually tackles are only noticed when they fail and he had his but his positives jumped off the screen wounding fools down the field. I think he brings an important edge to the line. We had years of suckitude on the line from 06 to current, I wouldn’t slide that guy out…..

  • Leroy Gibbs

    Jason Smith, Bryant McKinnie, and Barry Richardson provide an upgrade to Breno?

    Wow, you sounded like an actual sports writer through most of this article.

    The bust who was traded for another bust then cut, the old man who couldn’t dream of playing in a zone blocking scheme and Barry Richardson, enough said.

    Please, if your gonna write about the seahawks, have the slightest clue.

    Tom Cable loves Breno, and he fits our system perfect.

    I know if your short on time, or lack real knowledge of Seahawks football, or maybe just feeling lazy, Breno’s penalties make him an easy target, but outside of the fact he’s not an elite pass rusher, and no right tackles are, he’s well above average.
    Unless it’s Vollomer or Andre Smith, noooo way.

    Let me guess, Chris Long had his way with Breno…………

    I’ll remember your name and stay away from your articles, thanks.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Breno’s performance was one of the worst for any offensive lineman in 2012 according to Pre Football Focus. His -11.6 was worse than every full time tackle but 2. That’s bad, and no apparent Tom Cable love changes that. All 3 of the vets I listed had positive overall performance in 2012, and all are likely to come at a substantial cap saving compared to Breno. You can disagree, but the advanced metrics agree with me.

      • hawkman54

        There were many times when Breno LOOKED like he got beat when in fact it was because of the guard play next to him, and pro football focus is not right all the time – I have see a few of their grades on other players that make no sense at all. Again a true upgrade would be nice , but not unless it is really is.

  • Scott Collier

    Yeah, my shopping list has a replacement for Breno Giacomini. The Hawks need a consistent player who doesn’t lose focus at key points in the game and get a personal foul or miss the snap count. Seattle had too many 3rd and longs last season because of penalties.