After a long-tenured guard left in free agency, the Seahawks replaced him with an NFC West journeyman who’s been around the block a few times.
Guard J.R. Sweezy was a mainstay on the Seattle Seahawks offensive line anchored a mini-dynasty in the mid-2010s. He left for the Buccaneers in free agency in the spring of 2016, and after an injury-riddled tenure in Tampa Bay, re-signed with Seattle on a one-year deal in 2018. Well now, he’s gone again, having signed a two-year contract with the division rival Cardinals.
The Seahawks then completed the ultimate offensive line swap, immediately signing Arizona guard Mike Iupati away from the Cardinals on a presumably cheap, one-year deal. Iupati will be reuniting with offensive line coach Mike Solari, who coached the four-time Pro Bowler for five years with the San Francisco 49ers from 2010-2014.
Interestingly enough, this is Iupati’s third team — all from the NFC West. He’s now played for the 49ers, Cardinals and Seahawks.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo first reported the one-year deal between the Seahawks and Iupati. The monetary phrases of the deal have but to be introduced.
If Iupati can keep wholesome – and that’s an enormous if – this might be a house run of a deal for the Seahawks. Iupati is already very acquainted with the state of affairs and scheme in Seattle, as he performed underneath Solari on a dominant 49ers offensive line within the early 2010s.
The particular monetary particulars of the contract are but to be launched, nevertheless it’ll probably be an inexpensive veteran deal for a late-career man simply on the lookout for the perfect state of affairs. Iupati is a greater run blocker than cross blocker, and the Seahawks are clearly a run-heavy crew. Final season, Seattle led the NFL in speeding makes an attempt and speeding yards, each by a large margin.
Even when Iupati doesn’t keep wholesome, it probably received’t have price Seattle a lot to get him. And if he does, the upside is there to carry final yr’s dominant offensive line to even higher heights.