Seahawks announce former Pro Bowler will resign with the team
The Seattle Seahawks have announced the return of four-time Pro Bowler .
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the veteran offensive guard will return to the Seahawks for the 2020 season. He will likely resume his starting role next year.
In the last couple of seasons, Iupati has struggled with remaining healthy. The Seahawks are likely going to draft offensive line help in the draft to provide the team an insurance policy.
From 2012 to 2015, Iupati made the Pro Bowl four straight years during his time with the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. The first-round pick found his way to the Seahawks in 2019 and was an alternate to the Pro Bowl after starting 15 games.
Ipuati will look to provide protection for a potent rushing attack that features Chris Carson. Seattle is hopeful that former first-round pick Rashaad Penny will develop into a key contributor as well. Of course, there is quarterback Russell Wilson back there too.
The Seahawks should be a favorite to win the NFC West once again, especially with this signing.
The next order of business is finding a replacement for former pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, it appears that the former No. 1 overall pick is going to leave. Based on Seattle’s offer to keep Clowney, it was way below the asking price.
“The Seahawks had a really strong offer to him,” Garafolo said during an interview on 950 KJR in Seattle. “I don’t know how many different kinds of offers there were, but I know there was a one-year offer, from what I’m told. . . . From my understanding, it was in the $15 million range. He’s still looking in his eyes at $20 million. . . .”
Two options could be former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen or Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos in the draft.