December 14, 2018

Giants pay big bucks to sign left tackle Nate Solder from Patriots

15 March 2018, 01:44 | Anna Jefferson

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New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Mass. Sunday Nov. 13 2016

Solder started every game at left tackle for the Patriots in 2017.

Just how aggressively? Rapoport says the deal is a four-year, $62 million deal with $35 million guaranteed. He will be the NFL's highest-paid offensive lineman. It marked the first time he received a Pro Bowl invitation, although he didn't play in the game because the Patriots were in Super Bowl LII.

His signing is a major accomplishment for new general manager Dave Gettleman, who has taken over a team that went 3-13 last season.

Who Can Replace Solder To Protect Brady's Blind Side? In 2015, he had signed a two-year.

The Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon. Lewis is a good example of that, as the team originally signed him on February 6, 2015, in a move that was an afterthought to many at the time.

And while NY definitely has other needs, the draft is right around the corner.

Solder's play has dipped over the past few years and some of his deficiencies in pass protection have been masked by Tom Brady's lightning quick release.

The Patriots now have offensive tackles Marcus Cannon, Cole Croston, Andrew Jelks and Antonio Garcia under contract for 2018.

Other options on the offensive line for the Giants in free agency are Ryan Jensen, Josh Sitton, Joe Berger and Nick Easton.

Solder is a solid left tackle, probably not at the elite level.

Justin Pugh was originally drafted to play left tackle, but Big Blue quickly found out he was more suited to play right tackle or guard.

Who knows how long the Brady/Belichick era will last? The 6'8, 320-pound lineman immediately provides an upgrade to an offense that's based around Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

In that sense, Solder's situation has some similarity to what unfolded with safety Devin McCourty when he hit free agency in 2015 and almost signed elsewhere before the Patriots stepped up at the last moment with a big deal.

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