Report: Cardinals could get Iupati

Posted by Darren Urban on March 9, 2015 – 4:36 pm

Well, if you are hoping for a splashy free agent move from the Cardinals, you may just get your wish: Three-time Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati, who has been with the 49ers, could be coming to Arizona.

Again, nothing is done at this point. (And if you aren’t sure about that, former 49ers running back Frank Gore was reported by many as a done deal to go to the Eagles — until the reports came out Monday that he now could back away from Philly. Until a guy is signed, he’s not signed.) That said, Iupati is considered by many as the top interior lineman on the free agent market. So when Bruce Arians said he wanted competition on the interior of the offensive line, that’s one way to get it, although it kind of ends the competition before it even begins. It’d be naive to think, if they sign Iupati, he wouldn’t be an automatic starter.

Iuapti is known as a devastating run blocker. His pass blocking is not nearly as revered, especially when trying to block for scrambler Colin Kaepernick. But if he is signed it would give the Cardinals a lot of flexibility on the line. You still have to figure Jonathan Cooper is penciled in to be a starter as the 2013 No. 1 draft pick. He, like Iupati, has been a left guard, so one of them would have to play the right side. Ted Larsen could battle Lyle Sendlein at center (although with his $3 million salary, Sendlein could still be a cap casualty at some point.) The Cardinals could still look for a center in free agency too.

It’s not as if the 49ers were planning to have Iupati come back, but still, it’s a shot against an NFC West rival. And it hasn’t been a good day for the 49ers anyway, since the news that linebacker Patrick Willis likely will retire and so too might defensive lineman Justin Smith. At this rate, Darnell Dockett is going to be one of the longest tenured vets on the 49ers in a short period of time.

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33 Responses to “Report: Cardinals could get Iupati”

  1. By D on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    If the Cards now could sign the Center from Oak along with this move, heck they could bring back Stump Mitchell and he could get 800 yrds with this pending OL.

  2. By BigAL on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    I like this! In fact I love this! Now add Frank Gore back into the mix…

  3. By Brett In Co. on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    This would be a heck of a sign of we could get this guy! Solid interior lineman plus he would not to worry about Palmer scrambling too much

  4. By clssylssy on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    This would be good and Frank Gore not going to Philly is even better! If we can get a tough O-line and fix our defense (hopefully keeping Cro) we’ll be getting on track.
    Everyone is saying A. Peterson is coming here but I’ll believe it when it happens; can’t imagine the Cards paying that much for a RB and I don’t like the idea of trading T.Jefferson who has come through when we needed him to. Talk is always cheap and it will be interesting to see just how aggressive the Cards plan to be in FA.

  5. By William Barry on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    If we could get Upati, this would lessen the blow with Dockett signing with SF. Our oline will be much improved!!!!!!

  6. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Any bet on Cards signing C. Palmer’s old C in Oakland? heard a little Bird tweet 😉

  7. By Black1137 on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Bring on AP. isn’t it about time to go to the super bowl again. Also let’s get Orakpo.

  8. By clssylssy on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    I’ve always liked Jake Long who was just cut by the Rams and who might like the idea of moving out of the frigid midwest and playing for a team who’s future address was up in the air?

  9. By Mark in Chandler on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    It is rare to get one of the best- if not the best- player at his position in FA. This would be a major coup. As far as Iupati’s pass blocking being mediocre, he is actually a pretty solid pass blocker, he just gets dinged, in part, because Kapernick moves around a lot but give him a true pock passer like Palmer and his pass grade will go through the roof. This would be a signing better than Veldheer’s.

    Keim is making a habit of fleecing Bay teams. 🙂

  10. By Leeskicitizen on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    IF big Mike signs with the Cardinals, the move signifies several things: 1. BA is definitely committed to his quarterback being a pocket passer. Iupati will be much more effective in his pass protection with Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton, more than he was trying to protect the scrambling “Beady Eyes” Kaepernick. 2. The players know much more about the organization they play for than most people give them credit for. I think Big Mike is migrating to a team he feels is more worthy of the sacrifice he’s willing to make in the latter part of his career. I don’t think the drama within the 49ers FO is over yet, but on the other hand, the Cardinals are emerging as a team that real football players and coaches want to be with. 3. As much as I like Lyle Sandelein and his over achieving heart, I think his days as a Cardinal are numbered. Part of he intrigue we are now enjoying as fans of an elite NFL football organization is how we will upgrade the center position. Stevie K’s. promise to create a premier offensive line is in the process of being fulfilled!

    And yes, as some others on this blog have already said, we will definitely be an effective running team this year. At last, our balanced potent offense will be a source of morale for our already valiant defense.

  11. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    I love my life!

  12. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply


    Could we see Cooper move to center?
    Has that been mentioned or talked about?

  13. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG –

    RE: Coop at center

    I doubt it. But we will see.

  14. By Cactus jeff on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Great job. Best free agent in 2015. Darren, is Cooper working out in AZ and what is the feeling about Cooper’s offseason?

  15. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Cactus —

    RE: Cooper

    Not sure where Cooper is. Players aren’t around right now.

  16. By Kevin S Mesa on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Time to plunk some cash on the Cardinals Super Bowl future before it goes even lower.

  17. By Scott H on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    I love the possibility of the Iupati signing! After seeing the latest headline about Frank Gore pulling out of a deal with Philly, I’m not running with anything as a sure thing until a guy is signed! But this is a great addition for the Cardinals in terms of improving the running game. Another sweet off-season move for the Cardinals. Sorry to the people still mad as hell about Dockett, but this gain on the O-line far outweighs what we may have lost on the D-line.

    BTW, I am loving the story about Frank Gore!!! OMG, people out here in Philly are LOSING THEIR DAMN MINDS because nobody has any idea what the hell Chip Kelly is doing. All they know is that LeSean McCoy AND Jeremy Maclin are gone, Mark Sanchez has been re-signed, and NOW Frank Gore is apparently going somewhere else! They don’t know who their QB is….they don’t know who their RB is…they don’t know who their WR’s are….friggin sweet!

    Hey, Philly – can you say RE-Building???

  18. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    So, Iupati is a great run blocker. Massie is a big man who does better in the run game. Could see an upgrade at center. Could the cards be gearing up to be a better run team?

    Well……. Then there is this;

    Cardinals: With Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald on the back-nine of their careers, the Cardinals are built to win now. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, not one to incite undue enthusiasm, recently stated he wouldn’t be surprised if general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians opt to pursue Peterson. After watching scat back Andre Ellington limp his way to 3.3 yards per carry last season, Peterson must look like a potential godsend.


  19. By azdesertrat1953 on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    Just hard to have to wait until 1pm AZ time before FA opens.

    GO CARDS!!!

  20. By Coach K on Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

    YES, YES, and YES. I love Iupati. And while you’re at it, grab a center and possibly another tackle while you’re at it. Let’s give this o-line a face lift and make it better than the line Dallas had last year. I say draft a lineman as well. Let’s load up on the best hogs we can get and everything else will be fine on offense.

    Get a power back to match with Ellington, speed at linebacker, and an extra corner or two from the draft and we are all set. Iupati is elite.

    Let’s get it done.

  21. By Eazy E on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Iupati would be an awesome addition! He is so nasty with his run-blocking and pass protecting! I wouldn’t blame their O-Line struggles on Kaep or Iupati or anyone but continuity on the O-Line which is key. As y’all know, I’m a HUGE Jameis Winston fan and I would consider giving up almost anything for him and that includes giving up on Coop. Coop can be a beast clearly, but we need OUR Russell, Kaep, or Sam NOW ANYWAYS! I wouldn’t really care about our picks because 7 draft picks ain’t making our team PERIOD, but I’ll talk about that in depth a little closer to the draft or at another post. I really like Sendlein. It seems like every offseason, people want to replace him and he eventually beats out his competition and people shut up, he reminds me of Jay Feely. Larsen also deserves to keep his starting job over Coop because he played better and more consistently, and he is a BIG reason why I would consider trading Coop for a Blockbuster deal for Jameis!

  22. By BigAL on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Heard from “some guy”… think he said his name was Bradshaw…something? said that Coop…has been at the U of Pittsburgh taking a full requisite in courses originally developed by the great HOFER Mike Webster…in collaboration w/some coach named Chuck Noll…not sure? In how to transition (basic training) from guard to Center position, learning to read Defensive Fronts… meanwhile, expanding from a heavy pass first offense to an old school run first effectively enough to set up a play action offense…so that you can throw 10 to 40 yards down field! EFFECTIVELY! I don’t know where this came from JTDG guess its just the overwhelming thought of acquiring one Mike Iupati!!! I’m w/you & love the idea obviously! Thought you might enjoy some old school humor…Iupati…Veldheer…
    Cooper…we could be a Running team with anybody at RB! I’m crossing my fingers & toes! Hell, you could probably even keep Sendlein & put Coop @ RG…& we’d be fine! Probably wont sleep tonight!

  23. By Eric G on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Wow, just wow. Love this if it happens.

  24. By Hammer on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Is the message board down?

  25. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Hammer —

    RE: Message board

    It was. Should be back by now.

  26. By James J on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    This is a great add for the Cards! OL is starting to shape up real nicely, no wall we need is a star RB. Ellington a versatile back but not the guy to be running between the tackles for major yards. Go get DM now!

  27. By nayt2012 on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply


    Can we get the site’s video department to start looking up footage of Iaupati blocking Docket? That’s going to be a funky color switch this year.

  28. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    nayt —

    RE: Iupati/Dockett

    Actually, Iupati always matched up with Campbell, not Dockett.

  29. By nayt2012 on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    I heard Mike say that in his press conference, but I thought that maybe, there was a chance the front 4 worked differently where players might switch around at times, say, 4+ years ago, or maybe if Calais had been hurt… Maybe Kaepernick would scramble for 10 seconds and Iaupati met Docket in the fracas. Gaurds like to pull a lot in the run game. There’s a chance!

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