It was rumored to happen and now it is official. The Arizona Cardinals announced they have agreed to terms with guard Mike Iupati, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and defensive lineman Corey Peters.
Iupati's deal is for five years, Peters' is for three and Weatherspoon's is for one year. While the Cardinals do not announce the terms of their contracts, Iupati's is reportedly for $40 million. Peters' deal is reportedly for $9 million, with incentives that could make it worth up to $11.25 million. Weatherspoon's is expected to be between $3 and $4 million.
Peters reportedly turned down more money elsewhere to sign with the Cardinals, citing the fit in Arizona as better for him.
Iupati (6-5, 331) played the past five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and has been a Pro Bowl selection each of the last three years. He was selected by San Francisco in the first round (17th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Idaho and started all 75 games he appeared in with the 49ers.
In 2014, the 27-year old Iupati started 15 games at left guard while helping the 49ers finish the season fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (136.0) and tied for third in yards per carry (4.63). In 2012, he was named AP first-team All-Pro after starting all 16 games and was named to the All-Rookie team in 2010 after he started all 16 games in his first season. A native of American Samoa, Iupati has started all eight postseason games he has appeared in, including Super Bowl XLVII against the Ravens.
Peters (6-3, 305) joins the Cardinals from the Atlanta Falcons where he played the previous four years after being drafted in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Kentucky. With the Falcons, Peters played in 70 games with 55 starts and collected 175 tackles (125 solos), 12 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.
The 26-year old Peters played in 15 games last season and had 33 tackles, two sacks and six tackles for loss. In 2013, he started 15 games and set career highs with 48 tackles and five sacks.
Weatherspoon (6-2, 244) comes to Arizona after spending the past five years in Atlanta where he appeared in 47 games with 41 starts and had 336 tackles (223 solos) with eight sacks, 16 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries one forced fumble, one interception and one touchdown. He originally joined the Falcons as a first round selection (19th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Missouri.
During his time in Atlanta, the 27-year old Weatherspoon had two 100+ tackle seasons, including in 2011 when he set career highs with 127 tackles, four sacks and eight passes defensed while starting all 16 games. He missed last season on injured reserve after he suffered an Achilles injury in June.