The Seattle Seahawks solidified their offensive line Thursday by adding Mike Iupati and re signing D.J. Fluker, according to multiple reports.
Fluker’s deal allegedly is for couple of years while Iupati’s is for one year.
Iupati, who’s played guard exclusively through the duration of his eight-year NFL career, becomes the favorite to start at this position. The previous Cardinal replaces J.R. Sweezy, who signed with Arizona, in what amounts to your swap of guards between your NFC West rivals.
Fluker, that left nine starts at right guard last season, was certainly one of Seattle’s 14 unrestricted free agents. Pete Carroll made multiple mentions of how a Seahawks wanted to resign Fluker, noting how well his approach along with physicality match their kind of play.
Keeping Fluker means Sweezy is your only starting offensive lineman that the Seahawks will not return from last season.
NFL Network first reported deals.
“#UnfinishedBusiness” was on the list of hash tags Fluker comprised in a picture that he tweeted after news broke of his own bargain to remain in Seattle.
Iupati’s time with the Cardinals was characterized by injuries, while the 31-year-old veteran didn’t play with a whole 16-game program in some of his four seasons with the team.
He was limited to ten matches in 2018 while working with back and knee injuries. That followed A-2017 season in which Iupati missed the remainder of the growing season after putting up with a knee injury in Week 1. In addition, he missed one match in 20-16 and also three matches in 2015, his original with the Cardinals.
When healthy, Iupati was still consistent, starting all 39 matches that he played after joining the Cardinals to a last-minute bargain worth $40 million in 2015, when he was widely regarded as the greatest offensive lineman in the free-agent sector.
The former first-round pick of this San Francisco 49ers (17th overall) in 2010 took a $3 million pay cut before the 2018 season, which also voided the 20-19 year on his own deal.
ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss led to the report.