Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI 6 Months

Patriots released NT Isaac Sopoaga.

The move creates $2.5 million in cap space, and $3.5 million in real savings. Sopoaga was just one year into a three-year deal, though he signed the pact with the Eagles, not the Patriots. He was acquired by the Pats last October. He struggled to plug the run as injuries battered the Patriots' defensive line. An 11-year veteran, Sopoaga turns 33 in September.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI 7 Months

The Patriots are expected to release NT Isaac Sopoaga.

New England acquired Sopoaga from Philadelphia in exchange for a fifth-round pick in May's draft. He ended up being inactive down the stretch, even with Vince Wilfork (Achilles') on injured reserve. The Patriots will clear $2.5 million in 2014 salary cap space by releasing Sopoaga.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI 10 Months

Patriots acquired NT Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round pick in exchange from the Eagles for a 2014 fifth-round pick.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that a trade was close. In the first season of a three-year, $11 million deal, Sopoaga was struggling for the Eagles, but provides some much needed heft up front for the Patriots. He'll be tasked with shoring up the Patriots' run defense in the absence of NT Vince Wilfork. Sopoaga's acquisition is a sign DT Tommy Kelly (knee) isn't close to a return.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI 10 Months

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles have "floated" NT Isaac Sopoaga as a trade candidate to other teams in addition to DE Vinny Curry.

A 50-percent player for Chip Kelly's 3-4 defense, Sopoaga has graded out negatively in Pro Football Focus' ratings. He wouldn't fetch more than a day-three pick.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI Mar 12 '13

Eagles signed NT Isaac Sopoaga to a three-year deal worth nearly $12 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

Rather than blowing their wad on a Dashon Goldson or Sean Smith, the Eagles are trying to rebuild their roster by simply adding good football players. Sopoaga is a two-down nose tackle, but should help shore up Philly's run defense at 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds -- fire hydrant size. He'll anchor the new 3-4 defense.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI Mar 12 '13

The Eagles have scheduled a visit with free agent NT Isaac Sopoaga.

New Eagles VP of Personnel Tom Gamble knows Sopoaga from San Francisco, and Philly needs a nose tackle for its new 3-4. Sopoaga turns 32 in September.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI Feb 10 '13

Impending free agent NT Isaac Sopoaga's status with the 49ers will likely hinge on what happens with fellow free agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois.

Sopoaga has spent all nine seasons of his career with the Niners since being a fourth-round pick out of Hawaii in 2004. However, in 2012, he was phased out of the defense and only started nine games, making 27 tackles. Sopoaga would have to take a drastic pay cut from his $3.8 million to return. Jean-Francois is younger and much more versatile, and the team would like to bring him back.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI Sep 24 '12

X-rays of 49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga's knee came back negative.

Sopoaga was walking without a limp on Monday, and sounds like he'll be a go for Sunday's visit to the Meadowlands. Ricky Jean-Francois would get the call if Sopoaga couldn't suit up against the Jets.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI Sep 24 '12

49ers NT Isaac Sopoaga left Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Vikings with a lower left leg injury.

Sopoaga went down in the fourth quarter and didn't return. He'll be reevaluated Monday. Ricky Jean-Francois is Sopoaga's backup.

Isaac Sopoaga DL ARI Oct 11 '11

The 49ers list Isaac Sopoaga (staph infection) as the "probable starter" at nose tackle for Week 6 at Detroit.

The Niners' dominant defense didn't miss Sopoaga in Week 5 with Ricky Jean-Francois filling in. He should be back to help contain Jahvid Best in what may be the week's most attractive matchup.