Amini Silatolu: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent OG

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Carolina Panthers' Amini Silatolu (66) on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The Panthers won 27-16. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Offensive lineman Amini Silatolu made it through the first wave of free agency without finding a home, but his market is starting to take shape.

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Silatolu Visits Seahawks

Tuesday, March 15

ESPN's Adam Caplan reported that Silatolu visited the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

Report: Silatolu Visits Cardinals

Sunday, March 13

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Silatolu had a visit with the defending NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals Sunday.   

Injury-Plagued Silatolu Still Has Potential 

A second-round draft pick in 2012, Silatolu spent the first four years of his career with the Carolina Panthers. His career has been marred by injuries after a successful rookie campaign in which he started 15 games and was named to Pro Football Weekly's All-Rookie team. 

In the three years since, Silatolu has only played in 18 games. He has torn the ACL in each of his knees—the right side in 2013 and the left side in 2015. 

Despite his inability to stay on the field, Silatolu remains an effective guard on the left side when healthy. He is Pro Football Focus' seventh-ranked free agent at the position, ahead of recent Minnesota Vikings signing Alex Boone. 

Sam Monson wrote for Pro Football Focus that Silatolu was a quality "bit-part player" and "may still have potential as a long-term backup for relatively little money."

The Cardinals offensive line did get better last season with the addition of Mike Iupati, with Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus ranking it as the 17th-best in the NFL. It's not a great ranking, but Elsayed noted it was 24th the previous year. 

Silatolu is not durable enough to count on as a starter, but the Cardinals have amassed enough talent on the line to give him a spot as a backup if the two sides can reach a deal.