Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Seahawks sign former 49ers guard Mike Iupati, re-sign linebacker K.J. Wright

Chris Wilson
Mar 14, 2019 at 9:45 AM--


Former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati will remain in the NFC West in 2019, as the veteran offensive lineman signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The news was first reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on Thursday morning:


The Seahawks were searching for a replacement for left guard J.R. Sweezy, who reached a two-year deal with Iupati's former team, the Arizona Cardinals, earlier this week. Iupati will likely fill the void left by Sweezy, who started 15 games for Seattle after returning to the team in 2018.

The Seahawks' offensive line made major strides on the ground last season, helping Seattle's three-headed rushing attack of running backs Chris Carson, Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny amass over 2,000 total rushing yards at a 4.7-yards-per-carry clip. Unfortunately for Seattle's first-year offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the Seahawks' offensive line regressed in pass protection last season, as quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked on over 10 percent of his dropbacks.

Seattle should expect more of the same if Iupati is inserted into the team's starting lineup in 2019. The veteran lineman, who failed to live up to the lucrative contract he signed with Arizona, has proven to be a better asset in the running game than the passing game. In 2018, Iupati graded out as Pro Football Focus' fifth-best run blocker but ranked as the sixth-worst pass blocker in the NFL.

Also on Thursday morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Seahawks made a significant personnel move on the defensive side of the ball, as the team re-signed veteran linebacker K.J. Wright to a two-year contract worth up to $15.5 million:


Wright, who enters his ninth season in the league, will continue to line up at WILL linebacker next to All-Pro MIKE linebacker Bobby Wagner in the middle of Seattle's defensive unit. Wright is expected to be fully recovered from the knee injury that limited the linebacker to just five starts for the Seahawks in 2018.

Seattle also re-signed fellow free-agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks on Wednesday, but it's unclear whether the seven-year veteran will be available this season due to his ongoing legal troubles. Kendricks faces significant jail time after the linebacker pleaded guilty to insider trading in 2018. Kendricks will learn his fate at his sentencing hearing next month.
  • Chris Wilson
  • Written by:
    You may have seen Chris Wilson's work on NFL game theory, statistical analysis, and film breakdowns at Minute Media, FanSided, Niner Noise, Insidethe49, LockedonSports, ClutchPoints, and others. Follow Chris on Twitter @cgawilson.



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers' Kyle Shanahan assesses early status of training camp competitions at right guard, nickel corner

By Kirk Larrabee
Jul 29

It's tempting to take the first two days of 49ers training camp as a hint about who will win the competitions for the team's open spots at right guard and nickel cornerback, but 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says it's too early in the process to come away with anything definitive. Veteran Darqueze Dennard has been getting first-team reps at the nickel spot, while rookie and fourth-round pick Spencer Burford has been with the first team at right guard. Shanahan spoke about Burford before practice on Friday, saying the Texas-San Antonio product has adjusted well to the NFL in his short time in the league but still has a long way to go before solidifying a starting spot. "He's got a shot," Shanahan said of Burford. "I think a number of guys have got a shot. But



49ers DL Arik Armstead sidelined with knee sprain; DT Javon Kinlaw, OL Mike McGlinchey to return to team drills soon

By Kirk Larrabee
Jul 29

The 49ers have their first notable injury of this year's training camp, but it doesn't sound like it's something of a serious nature. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Friday morning that defensive lineman Arik Armstead sprained his MCL at practice this week and that it could require some time to recover. Armstead was missing at practice on Thursday and could be out for a while. "It's probably going to be a few weeks. Nothing we're concerned about, but we're taking some time away," Shanahan said. Shanahan said Armstead took a bruise during practice that wasn't an issue at first but flared up after practice. After going through examinations, the 49ers decided to put Armstead on the sidelines. "It didn't bother him that bad but it



What does Seahawks' WR D.K. Metcalf's extension mean for 49ers' WR Deebo Samuel's potential extension?

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Jul 29

Seattle Seahawks star receiver receiver D.K. Metcalf finally received his long-term contract extension, earning a three-year, $72 million deal with $58.2 million guaranteed, as well as a $30 million signing bonus, which was the largest ever for a wide receiver in NFL history. Now comes San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel's contract extension, as the two sides have been continuously in talks over the past few weeks according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. In a slew of major deals for wide receivers this offseason, there are three specific cases that could be the defining factor in Samuel's contract negotiations: Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown, Washington Commanders wideout Terry McLaurin, and now Seattle Seahawks wideout D.K.



49ers sign defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile

By Kirk Larrabee
Jul 29

The San Francisco 49ers added a new name to their crowded defensive line Friday, signing free agent Tomasi Laulile to a one year deal. Laulile (6-3, 300, Brigham Young) entered the NFL as an undrafted signing of the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. He spent time on the New Orleans Saints practice squad later in the year after being waived by the Colts, then was with the Saints during spring workouts in 2019 before being waived in May. The 27-year-old totaled 47 tackles, five sacks and ten tackles for loss in four seasons at BYU. He played earlier this year with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, a stint that included a memorable game that saw him


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone