Giants paying big bucks to sign former Patriots tackle Solder

Mar 15, 2018, 05:40
Giants paying big bucks to sign former Patriots tackle Solder

They would love to keep Solder, who has been Tom Brady's blindside protector for a long time.

Left tackle Nate Solder has agreed to a four-year deal worth $15.5m per season to join the New York Giants, according to reports.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the deal early Wednesday. SiriusXM Sports says the contract is worth $19 million and includes $9.5 million guaranteed.

Day 1 of free agency wasn't kind to those at 1 Patriot Place in Foxboro.

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Lewis joins a backfield already featuring Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor from Alabama, who had bided his time behind Murray his first two seasons. But Maclin missed two games with a shoulder injury, two more with knee issues, and finished with only 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks later, the cut had healed sufficiently to allow him to play - and pass for over 500 yards - in the Patriots' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Solder departs along with Dion Lewis (Tennessee), Malcolm Butler (Tennessee) and Danny Amendola (Miami). ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal.

It's a good thing that Super Bowls aren't won in March because if that were the case, the Patriots would be in trouble. With the legal tampering underway, I'd certainly expect Solder be connected to a numerous amount of teams, including the Texans.

Center Weston Richburg is expected to sign with San Francisco, and versatile Justin Pugh is a free agent.

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Another factor in the pursuit of Solder: his 2-year-old son Hudson is battling kidney cancer and undergoing treatment at Boston Children's Hospital.

The Giants still have to have a functioning left tackle, so what do you do? He has never made a Pro Bowl in seven seasons, however. Thomas never missed a snap before tearing his left triceps during an October 22 game against Tennessee.

But the Browns look completely different this year and might actually have a chance to compete (?!?).

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