Iupati appears to be leaving 49ers for Cardinals 

click to enlarge Guard Mike Iupati, one of the 49ers' free agents, could be jumping to division foe Arizona. - MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/2014 AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Guard Mike Iupati, one of the 49ers' free agents, could be jumping to division foe Arizona.

PHOENIX — A person familiar with the negotiations says prospects "look good" for a deal between ex-San Francisco 49ers left guard Mike Iupati (yoo-PAH-tee) and the Arizona Cardinals.

The person, who asked not to be identified because agreements officially can't be announced until Tuesday, said the two sides were in promising negotiations for a contract.

Iupati started 15 games at left guard for the 49ers last season and is considered one of the top run blockers in the NFL. His addition could mean a move to right guard for Jonathan Cooper, the former first-round draft pick who has struggled to regain his form after a severe leg injury two seasons ago.

The 6-foot-5, 331-pound Iupati is a three-time Pro Bowl player and was first-team All-Pro in 2012.

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