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NFL Free Agency: The cost of Mike Iupati

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What will it take for the Titans to get the talented young guard from San Francisco?

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While it isn't the most glamorous position, talented guards are hard to find in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans are finally starting to see Chance Warmack develop into what he was supposed to be when they drafted him, and Andy Levitre may end up being one of the worst signings in Titans history.

With that said, most agree that Mike Iupati is a very good guard that will translate well to any scheme, including the one that the Titans use. However, with such a large market for his skills, the question is how much will it cost. Well, John Middlekauff has some information about that:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash">#49ers</a> are trying to get something done w/ Mike Iupati before FA hits. I&#39;m told it&#39;s not likely, he&#39;s seeking 8.5 a year per source</p>&mdash; John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnMiddlekauff/status/574339650707283969">March 7, 2015</a></blockquote>
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While $8.5 million seems steep (and it is) players like Zach Martin for the Cowboys show how bringing in one guard prospect can make your team vastly better.

While the Titans have not publicly reached out to Iupati (or really anyone who doesn't play special teams), he would be an interesting addition to the roster if they were to make a play for him.