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Isaac Sopoaga | Defensive Lineman | #71

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 330
College: Hawaii
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 4 (104) / SF
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Cardinals signed NT Isaac Sopoaga.
Sopoaga, 33 next month, gets the call after the Cardinals lost LE Darnell Dockett to a torn ACL earlier this week and struck out on free agent DE Brett Keisel. It's an underwhelming signing after Sopoaga struggled badly for the Eagles and Patriots last season before getting released by New England in March. He'll vie for snaps at nose tackle behind Dan Williams, who may play some end. Wed, Aug 20, 2014 05:02:00 PM

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Free agent NT Isaac Sopoaga is visiting the Cardinals, and expected to sign.

Sopoaga is the next man up after the Cardinals struck out on Brett Keisel in their efforts to "replace" Darnell Dockett (ACL). Sopoaga appeared in 14 games between the Patriots and Eagles last season, struggling mightily for both teams. He wouldn't be a lock to crack the 53-man roster in Arizona.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Patriots released NT Isaac Sopoaga.

The move creates $2.5 million in cap space, and $3.5 million in real savings. Sopoaga was just one year into a three-year deal, though he signed the pact with the Eagles, not the Patriots. He was acquired by the Pats last October. He struggled to plug the run as injuries battered the Patriots' defensive line. An 11-year veteran, Sopoaga turns 33 in September.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 03:44:00 PM

The Patriots are expected to release NT Isaac Sopoaga.

New England acquired Sopoaga from Philadelphia in exchange for a fifth-round pick in May's draft. He ended up being inactive down the stretch, even with Vince Wilfork (Achilles') on injured reserve. The Patriots will clear $2.5 million in 2014 salary cap space by releasing Sopoaga.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Patriots acquired NT Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round pick.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that a trade was close. In the first season of a three-year, $11 million deal, Sopoaga was struggling for the Eagles, but provides some much needed heft up front for the Patriots. He'll be tasked with shoring up the Patriots' run defense in the absence of NT Vince Wilfork. Sopoaga's acquisition is a sign DT Tommy Kelly (knee) isn't close to a return.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 03:46:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles have "floated" NT Isaac Sopoaga as a trade candidate to other teams in addition to DE Vinny Curry.

A 50-percent player for Chip Kelly's 3-4 defense, Sopoaga has graded out negatively in Pro Football Focus' ratings. He wouldn't fetch more than a day-three pick.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 02:04:00 PM

Eagles signed NT Isaac Sopoaga to a three-year deal worth nearly $12 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

Rather than blowing their wad on a Dashon Goldson or Sean Smith, the Eagles are trying to rebuild their roster by simply adding good football players. Sopoaga is a two-down nose tackle, but should help shore up Philly's run defense at 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds -- fire hydrant size. He'll anchor the new 3-4 defense.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 08:19:00 PM

The Eagles have scheduled a visit with free agent NT Isaac Sopoaga.

New Eagles VP of Personnel Tom Gamble knows Sopoaga from San Francisco, and Philly needs a nose tackle for its new 3-4. Sopoaga turns 32 in September.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Impending free agent NT Isaac Sopoaga's status with the 49ers may hinge on what happens with fellow free agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois.

Sopoaga has spent his entire nine-year career with the Niners. However, in 2012, he was phased out of the defense and only started nine games, making 27 tackles. Sopoaga would have to take a drastic pay cut from his 2012 salary of $3.8 million to return. Jean-Francois is younger and more versatile, and the team wants bring him back. He just isn't a realistic starting option on the nose.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 09:55:00 AM

X-rays of 49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga's knee came back negative.

Sopoaga was walking without a limp on Monday, and sounds like he'll be a go for Sunday's visit to the Meadowlands. Ricky Jean-Francois would get the call if Sopoaga couldn't suit up against the Jets.
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 04:18:00 PM

49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga left Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Vikings with a lower left leg injury.

Sopoaga went down in the fourth quarter and didn't return. He'll be reevaluated Monday. Ricky Jean-Francois is Sopoaga's backup.
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 11:35:00 AM

The 49ers list Isaac Sopoaga (staph infection) as the "probable starter" at nose tackle for Week 6 at Detroit.

The Niners' dominant defense didn't miss Sopoaga in Week 5 with Ricky Jean-Francois filling in. He should be back to help contain Jahvid Best in what may be the week's most attractive matchup.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 05:00:00 PM

49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga (staph infection) was spotted with his left arm in a sling at the team facility Monday morning.

The Niners have yet to expand on details about Sopoaga's condition, other than to confirm that he has an infection and is out indefinitely. Ricky Jean-Francois started for Sopoaga in Sunday's demolition of the Buccaneers. Jean-Francois played every single snap, recording three tackles (two solo).
Mon, Oct 10, 2011 02:02:00 PM

49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga (staph infection) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Undersized NT Ricky Jean-Francois will start and LaGarrette Blount gets a bump for the favorable matchup. QB Scott Tozien, FB Moran Norris, WR Braylon Edwards, OL Michael Person, OL Daniel Kilgore, and CB Tramaine Brock join him on the inactive list.
Sun, Oct 9, 2011 03:01:00 PM

49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga has been diagnosed with a staph infection and is out indefinitely.

The area of the staph infection is unknown, but Sopoaga was held out of practice Wednesday. His absence could be a bit of a matchup boost for LeGarrette Blount in Week 5. Undersized Ricky Jean-Francois is Sopoaga's backup.
Wed, Oct 5, 2011 07:50:00 PM

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