Packers sign two offensive linemen

Agent for fourth-round guard Sitton breaks the news to Packer Report; fifth-round offensive tackle Giacomini signs, too; agent says deal with fourth-round defensive end Thompson will be done soon.

Packer Report has learned the Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with fourth-round draft pick Josh Sitton. A contract will be signed Thursday morning, a spokeswoman from agent Jack Reale's office said.

The 6-foot, 3 1/2-inch, 324-pound former Central Florida standout played mostly right guard — behind starter Jason Spitz — during the Packers' offseason practices. He was the 135th selection of April's draft, and helped pave the way for record-breaking running back Kevin Smith. Still, despite being a first-team all-Conference USA selection, Sitton wasn't even invited to the NFL scouting combine.

Meanwhile, the Packers announced the signing of fifth-round pick Breno Giacomini, along with confirming the signings of seventh-round picks Matt Flynn and Brett Swain.

That means the Packers have signed four of their nine draft picks, with a fifth — defensive end Jeremy Thompson — perhaps next. Thompson's agent, Bill Johnson, talked to the Packers' chief negotiator, Russ Ball, on Wednesday morning. Johnson told Packer Report he thought a final agreement with the fourth-round draft pick could be agreed to in their "next call."

Giacomini, a 6-foot-7, 311-pounder from Louisville, played right tackle during the team's offseason workouts. He was the 150th selection in the draft, which was acquired in a trade with rival Minnesota. After splitting time at tight end and tackle during his first three seasons for Louisville, Giacomini played both tackle positions as a senior.

Giacomini's agent, Jason Chayut, told Packer Report the contract is a four-year deal. According to's Adam Caplan, Giacomini received a signing bonus worth just more than $179,000.

Caplan said Flynn's four-year deal includes a signing bonus of just more than $64,000. He'll make the minimum salaries of $295,000 this season, $385,000 in 2009, $470,000 in 2010 and $555,000 in 2011.

Meanwhile, the Packers released guard Cameron Stephenson, according to a source with access to the league's transaction wire. A fifth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2007, the Australian spent last season on the Packers' practice squad. The team did not announce the move, but he has been removed from the official roster.

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