Offensive tackle Nate Solder is parting ways with the New England Patriots after seven seasons. He signed a four-year, $62M contract with $35M guaranteed on Wednesday with a team that New England couldn't beat in the Super Bowl twice; the New York Giants.
The Giants could really use someone like Solder to upgrade their putrid offensive line especially with incumbent left tackle Ereck Flowers and losing top guard Andrew Norwell who just signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman went big on Solder knowing that Big Blue needs to address the issue and weakness at the position. Solder was arguably the top free-agent offensive tackle on the market and now the highest paid offensive lineman. He's valuable because he's protected Tom Brady's blind slide ever since getting drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Colorado.
Solder instantly provides stability to a Giants offensive line that has struggled for many years. Now, the Patriots loss is a huge Giants gain in protecting Patriots nemesis Eli Manning.
Solder turns 30 in April. He has started in 95 of his 98 career games and has played in 16 postseason games where he started all of them. The 6-8 325-pound player was a 2017 Walter Payton man of the year nominee and previously overcame testicular cancer.
Solder received his first Pro Bowl invitation last season as an alternate but could not play because the Patriots were playing in Super Bowl LII. He's also the fourth player to part ways with the Patriots in the past three days. Cornerback Malcolm Butler who did not play a down in Super Bowl LII signed with Tennessee Titans along with the running back Dion Lewis. Wide receiver Danny Amendola signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Solder also should be an asset in the locker room, which is a theme developing with new general manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants. Solder's considered a top-notch character. Even Bill Belichick knows that.