Chargers planning to make a move for guard Mike Iupati

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The Chargers were aggressive in getting Jacoby Jones before the market opened, and they’re apparently going to continue to press hard now that the legal tampering window is open.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the Chargers are “expected to make a run” at 49ers guard Mike Iupati, and may possibly try to get involved on the Randall Cobb sweepstakes as well.

While many believe the Packers wide receiver will eventually end up with the Raiders, Iupati would be an equally big addition for the Chargers.

They struggled protecting last year (primarily because of injuries that turned their center position into the Spinal Tap drummer), and Iupati would be a massive upgrade. Paired with re-signed left tackle King Dunlap, that would give the Chargers a stable side of the line.

Iupati figures to draw plenty of interest in the market, as the three-time Pro Bowler gets a chance to hear from other teams.

21 responses to “Chargers planning to make a move for guard Mike Iupati

  1. Come on Cardinals, you need to lock in on this guy. No more bargain basement deals, you got over 20 million and your oline has been neglected for far too long.

  2. Shouldnt overspend on FA guards. The pats let their best one go then won the Lombardi. The Bucs signed what was billed as the best FA guard in recent memory a few years back from the Saints and look where it got them. Draft a young guy.

  3. It’s never a bad investment to protect your Qb, and those examples you listed were teams without a Qb

  4. If you’re looking for a good pass protector, Iupati isn’t that guy. Road Grader in the run game, but a sieve in pass protection. Still would be an upgrade for most teams.

  5. Iupati is hands down the best run blocking guard in the NFL. At the same time he gets hurt a lot and is one of the worst pass blocking lineman period. So I’m not sure he’s a good fit with the chargers and Phillip Rivers.

  6. Guards don’t matter, unless you don’t have them. Certainly upgraded the Dallas offense when they drafted Martin.

  7. Iupati is hands down the best run blocking guard in the NFL. At the same time he gets hurt a lot and is one of the worst pass blocking lineman period. So I’m not sure he’s a good fit with the chargers and Phillip Rivers…

    Thats was my exact thought when I saw the headline of the article..

  8. Dollar for dollar…Boling is the top free agent at guard. I like him better than Iupati or Franklin

  9. Iupati would be an awesome addition to the Chargers, filling their biggest need of the off-season, which is to give Philip Rivers time in the pocket and open holes for the RBs. I’m more excited about the prospect of signing him than Suh.

    Oh, and no free agent who wants to win is going to sign in Oakland. Iupati is a winner.

  10. He’s the best run blocking guard in the league but he is an atrocious pass blocker. I loved him as a 49er, but also am looking forward to him being elsewhere.

  11. As long as they they can get away with three holds to open up a Red Sea like split in coverage ( niners vs ravens Super Bowl) then he’ll be able to do great things like ” score” a “game winner” for a ” championship.”

  12. nflfollower says:
    Mar 7, 2015 1:10 PM
    Shouldnt overspend on FA guards. The pats let their best one go then won the Lombardi. The Bucs signed what was billed as the best FA guard in recent memory a few years back from the Saints and look where it got them. Draft a young guy.
    ———–

    They also cheated. This is an anecdote, not some sort of evidence that teams shouldn’t pursue a game-changing guard.

  13. i just like the fact we are aggressive in bringing FAs to the Chargers.

    its the complete opposite when AJ the bozo was in town.

    Nobody wanted to come here

    its just refreshing for once.

  14. humb0lt says: Mar 7, 2015 2:56 PM

    Iupati would be an awesome addition to the Chargers, filling their biggest need of the off-season, which is to give Philip Rivers time in the pocket and open holes for the RBs. I’m more excited about the prospect of signing him than Suh.

    Oh, and no free agent who wants to win is going to sign in Oakland. Iupati is a winner.
    ————
    No free agent who wants to win puts San Diego at the top of their list. These guys are chasing money, not 9-7 seasons.

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