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Isaac Sopoaga, ex-COC star, signs with Eagles

After nine years with the 49ers, Sopoaga moves on

Posted: March 12, 2013 6:38 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2013 6:38 p.m.

Ex-College of the Canyons player Isaac Sopoaga signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, the first day of NFL free agency.

 

Former College of the Canyons defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga is now a Philadelphia Eagle.

Just hours after officially becoming an NFL free agent, the Eagles announced Tuesday they signed Sopoaga, a nine-year veteran nose tackle.

The deal was first reported by NFL Network’s Albert Breer, who said it was a three-year deal worth close to $12 million, $5 million of which is guaranteed.

It’s roughly the same value as his previous contract with the San Francisco 49ers, which expired on Tuesday afternoon when the new league year began.

Sopoaga spent all nine years of his pro career with the 49ers. Last season, he had 27 tackles and one sack for the NFC Champions, but saw less play time than in previous years due to defensive scheming changes.

On Monday, San Francisco signed third-year nose tackled Ian Williams, which put Sopoaga’s future as a 49er in question.

After playing two years at COC from 1999-2000, Sopoaga went on to finish his collegiate career at the University of Hawaii.

As a freshman at COC, he set the state community college single-season sack record of 31.

In 2004, he was selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

He started getting consistent playing time in 2005 and he was thrust into a regular starting role in 2008.

Since then, the 6-foot-2, 330-pounder has played in 83 games of San Francisco’s 85 games and started 74 of them.

For his career, he’s tallied 216 tackles, 7.5 sacks, eight pass breakups and one forced fumble.

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