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Mike Iupati cashes in with $40 million deal from Cardinals

Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mike Iupati #77 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sideline during the game against the Chicago Bears at Levi Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. The Bears defeated the 49ers 28-20. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

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The Cardinals have a quarterback who needs all the protection he can get.

So it’s worth spending the money to protect him.

The Cards finalized the anticipated signing of 49ers guard Mike Iupati Tuesday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $40 million over five years, with $22.5 million guaranteed.

That’s a bigger deal than last year’s free agent coup, left tackle Jared Veldheer (who got a five-year, $35 million deal, with just $10.5 million guaranteed).

That’s welcome news for quarterback Carson Palmer, who is coming off a torn ACL, and now has a solid left side of the line to protect him.