Free agency: Seahawks signing guard Mike Iupati
Guard Mike Iupati is making his way around the NFC West.
The former Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers blocker is signing a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.
The former first-round pick of the 49ers spent the past four seasons with the Cardinals. The 31-year-old guard has dealt with injury issues the past two years hindering his productivity, playing in just one game in 2017, and ending the 2018 campaign on injured reserve with a knee injury after 10 tilts.
When healthy, Iupati is a stellar run blocker that fits well with the ground-heavy Seahawks offensive plans. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the No. 6 graded run blocker among guards who played more than 300 snaps.
With ex-Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy signing with the Cardinals, Iupati should slide in Seattle’s line as an upgraded run blocker.
Here are other transactions we’re tracking on Thursday:
1. Running back Le’Veon Bell‘s contract with the Jets includes a $8 million signing bonus with $25 million fully guaranteed by Sunday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed of the deal. He will receive $14.5 million through Year 1, $26 million through Year 2, $39.5 million through Year 3 and $52.5 million through Year 4, Pelissero added.
2. The Chargers are giving quarterback Tyrod Taylor a two-year deal with an $11 million base, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. He gets $6 million guaranteed in Year 1, Rapoport added.
3. The Steelers are re-signing defensive tackle Dan McCullers to a two-year deal worth $2.75 million, Garafolo reported.
4. The Dallas Cowboys are keeping wideout Tavon Austin, per Garafolo. They’ve agreed to a deal.
5. The Eagles signed wideout DeSean Jackson to a new three-year contract through 2021, the team announced. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor announced that he will be back with the team in 2019. Agholor, a first-round pick back in 2015, is set to earn $9.387 million on his fifth-year option, and it was not a given that he’d be back in Philly for the upcoming season.
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