This comes just a few hours after Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area mentioned that Iupati is likely to reach the open market in the coming week. Maiocco added that a return to San Francisco is still a possibility.
The overall expectation has been that Iupati wound up fielding offers from prospective teams this offseason given that the 49ers are in a tough financial position right now.
On top of that, there are a number of NFL teams with a ton of cap space that needs to be spent, so even if the 49ers are serious about retaining him, teams like the Jaguars, Buccaneers, Raiders and Redskins could easily price San Francisco out of the market.
Iupati has obvious ties to the Redskins now that they’ve hired Scot McCloughan as their new general manager. McCloughan was with San Francisco when they drafted Iupati.
Iupati, 27, finished out his five-year, $15,110,625 rookie contract that included $2,074,000 guaranteed and will be an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.
Last year, Iupati appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and was rated as the No. 15 guard in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. It’s worth mentioning that he was PFF’s second highest graded guard in terms of run blocking.
We have Iupati listed as the No. 15 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.