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Mike Iupati | Guard

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 331
College: Idaho
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Cardinals LG Mike Iupati's knee surgery was to repair a torn left meniscus.
Coach Bruce Arians puts Iupati's timeline at 3-8 weeks, which is slightly better than the originally announced 6-8 weeks. Iupati is an extreme long-shot for the Cardinals' Sept. 13 opener, and could miss the entire first month of the season. Ted Larsen will start in the interim. Aug 20 - 2:04 PM

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Cardinals LG Mike Iupati will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week.

Iupati will be sidelined 6-8 weeks. It's another blow to an offensive line that will be without RT Bobby Massie for the first three games, and recently was forced to re-sign liability C Lyle Sendlein due to interior line woes. The Cardinals will turn back to Ted Larsen as Iupati's replacement. Arizona's offensive line play is a major trouble spot going into the season.
Aug 19 - 6:24 PM

Cardinals LG Mike Iupati was sent for an MRI on his knee.

Coach Bruce Arians didn't seem overly concerned; he only said Iupati was dealing with some swelling in his knee. The Cardinals can't afford to lose Iupati with center, right guard, and right tackle all looking like trouble spots on the line.
Aug 19 - 3:14 PM

Cardinals signed OG Mike Iupati, formerly of the 49ers, to a five-year, $40 million contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $41 million, and includes $22.5 million guaranteed. It's a coup for the Cardinals, who have long had issues at guard, and struggled to clear anything resembling lanes in the running game. Iupati is one of the league's premier run blockers. He played left guard in San Francisco, and should do the same in Arizona. That means Jonathan Cooper will be shifted to the right side, center or possibly even bench.
Mar 10 - 4:23 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent OG Mike Iupati intends to sign with the Cardinals.

It would be a coup for the Cardinals, as Iupati is one of the league's very best guards, and the Cards have had an atrocious run-blocking line for years. Iupati is Rotoworld's top-rated interior lineman on the open market. He's also drawn interest from the Jets, Bills, 49ers, Vikings and Raiders. He's reportedly seeking $8.5 million per year, and if interest is as robust as the rumors suggest it is, he should get it.
Mar 9 - 6:39 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets are making an "aggressive push" to sign free agent OG Mike Iupati.

Per the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders are also "hot after" Iupati. Signing Iupati would give the Jets a left side of LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, LG Iupati, and C Nick Mangold on new OC Chan Gailey's offensive line. The Jets are likely to have suspect quarterback play in 2015, so running the football should be their calling card. Iupati is at his best when run blocking.
Mar 9 - 12:58 PM

The Raiders, 49ers, Jets, and Bills are reportedly in pursuit of free agent OG Mike Iupati.

It's interesting that the Redskins are not mentioned among Iupati's potential suitors. The Chargers have dropped out after agreeing to terms with Orlando Franklin. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora writes that he believes Iupati will not re-sign with San Francisco. The dots connect Iupati nicely to Buffalo, where OC Greg Roman knows him and the Bills need offensive line help.
Mar 8 - 11:37 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings have reached out to free agent LG Mike Iupati.

The Vikings are dead-set on improving their offensive line, and Iupati is the biggest name available. He's reportedly seeking $8-9 million per year. Minnesota released LG Charles Johnson earlier this offseason and have no in-house replacement. Iupati could help stabilize to-date first-round bust LT Matt Kalil.
Mar 8 - 1:44 PM

Free agent OG Mike Iupati is reportedly seeking $8.5 million per year.

The Chargers and Redskins have been the two most-connected teams to Iupati. The 49ers want him back, but reportedly not at his current asking price. Not yet 28 years old, Iupati is the top offensive lineman left on the market.
Mar 7 - 9:40 PM

A source tells U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken the Chargers will take a run at free agent G Mike Iupati.

After going through five centers and suffering through terrible guard play in 2014, the Chargers are rightfully looking to upgrade their interior line. Iupati would certainly be an upgrade, though he would be a questionable fit in the Chargers' primarily zone-blocking scheme. Iupati has also been linked with the Redskins.
Mar 7 - 12:42 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have "strong interest" in free agent OG Mike Iupati.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been transitioning away from smaller, athletic zone linemen to large power blockers for the last year and a half. Iupati is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound road grader whom new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted in San Francisco. Iupati would be a natural fit in D.C. Per Russini, the Redskins can expect competition for Iupati's services from the Buccaneers.
Feb 27 - 3:44 PM

Free agent OG Mike Iupati is expected to reach the open market.

Iupati's return to San Francisco "remains a possibility," per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, but the 49ers appear willing to let the open market set Iupati's value. Iupati heads a free agent interior offensive line class that includes Orlando Franklin, Rodney Hudson, Stefen Wisniewski, and Clint Boling.
Feb 27 - 1:59 PM

The Washington Post expects the Redskins to have some interest in free agent LG Mike Iupati.

Coach Jay Gruden wants to run more power offense in his second year at the helm, and Iupati is as powerful a lineman there is at 6'5/331. He's a mauling run blocker and would allow the Redskins to move on from finesse RG Chris Chester. LG Shawn Lauvao would then move to the right side. Iupati is expected to have a healthy market as the top free-agent guard. He'll turn 28 in May.
Feb 25 - 9:43 AM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey wants the team to sign free agent LG Mike Iupati.

It's a slow news night before the Combine kicks off later this week. Pouncey calls Iupati a "good player" and "a really good veteran guard." Pouncey doesn't have any say in personnel decisions, but the fit makes sense. The Dolphins have holes at both left and right guard, though second-year OG Billy Turner will likely fill one of those spots. Iupati, 28 in May, will be eyeing big money next month.
Feb 17 - 10:05 PM

The Sacramento Bee doesn't expect the 49ers to re-sign impending free agent LG Mike Iupati.

Iupati has made the Pro Bowl the last three seasons and is expected to test the open market. The 49ers have rookies Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas as in-house candidates to replace him.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 09:07:00 PM

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