Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Giants paying big bucks to sign former Patriots tackle Solder

Giants paying big bucks to sign former Patriots tackle Solder

In one fell swoop, the Patriots lost their No. 1 priority, Nate Solder, along with three of their other top free agents. Those reasons are more akin to a Brinks truck, rather than a snow plow.

The New England Patriots tough start to free agency continued Wednesday.

Casserly also made a suggestion in his appearance on NFL Network that the Giants should now move Flowers to right guard, which he also tweeted about earlier in the day following news of Solder going to NY.

This has been the theme of the offseason so far, Patriots players leaving the team and getting paid. The likes of Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler, and Nate Solder have already left the door, with no one of note coming the other way. Solder has agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract that includes $35 million guaranteed. In six of his seven seasons, Solder has appeared in at least 15 games. New England drafted him in the 2011 first round out of the University of Colorado. In 2018, his value was particularly evident. It's possible that if Thomas came back, Solder could switch to the right side for a season.

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Solder was an AFC Pro Bowl alternate in 2017.

The Titans signed Butler's former teammate, cornerback Logan Ryan, last season and needed help in the secondary to go along with cornerback Adoree Jackson, who started 16 games after being drafted 18th overall. He counted for a little over $10 million annually against the salary cap after signing a two-year, $20.62 million extension with the team in 2015.

The Giants' addition of Solder doesn't bode well for Ereck Flowers. He previously overcame testicular cancer, and his son, Hudson, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016 and is again undergoing treatments. Martin comes from Arizona and started a year ago for new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The 6'8, 320-pound lineman immediately provides an upgrade to an offense that's based around Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

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