Oakland has already signed Rodney Hudson to a massive contract, so landing Iupati would leave them with a much improved unit next year.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are “aggressively pursuing” 49ers free agent guard Mike Iupati.
- Mehta confirms that Iupati has received serious interest from a handful of other teams.
This comes after the Jets lost out to the Chargers for OL Orlando Franklin.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the market for free agent G Mike Iupati includes the 49ers, Raiders, Jets, and Bills. Although, La Canfora seems to expect Iupati to be playing somewhere other than San Francisco.
The Vikings, Chargers, Redskins, Colts, and Buccaneers are reported to have interest in Iupati as well.
According to Tomasson, the Vikings are seeking a replacement for left guard Charlie Johnson, who they released not too long ago.
- Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the Chargers are expected to make run at signing Iupati.
- Dianna Marie Russini also reported that the Redskins and Buccaneers are expected to have “strong interest” in 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. 12 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.