Seattle Seahawks sign Mike Iupati: Grade, reaction and more

LB K.J. Wright will reportedly return to play for the Seahawks in 2019

LB K.J. Wright will reportedly return to play for the Seahawks in 2019

The Seattle Seahawks solidified their offensive line Thursday, signing Mike Iupati, and reportedly re-signing D.J. Fluker.

Gregg Bell of The News Tribune first reported the deal.

Iupati, who has played left guard exclusively throughout his eight-year National Football League career, becomes the favorite to start at that position. I think he played better than he did the year before for (offensive-line coach) Mike (Solari) with the Giants. The Seahawks understand and value what Wright, the team's longest-tenured defensive player, means to the development of a young defensive roster and even while injured for much of a year ago, he helped the defense.

Fluker, who made nine starts at right guard last season, was one of Seattle's 14 unrestricted free agents.

Coincidentally, the 2015 season saw Iupati stretchered off CenturyLink Field in Seattle with a neck injury before returning the following week against the 49ers on the Cardinals' run to the NFC Championship Game.

The Seahawks' offensive line made major strides on the ground last season, helping Seattle's three-headed rushing attack of running backs Chris Carson, Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny amass over 2,000 total rushing yards at a 4.7-yards-per-carry clip. Rapoport adds the deal is for two years and is worth up to $15.5 million. But he played in only one game in 2017 and missed six games in 2018 for the Arizona Cardinals because of injuries.