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Nate Solder leaves Patriots to join Giants on 4-year deal

Nate Solder leaves Patriots to join Giants on 4-year deal

With the imminent loss of Nate Solder, Patriots fans are itching for good news.

Had the Patriots retained Solder, he would've counted for a significant chunk of their roughly $22.4 million in salary cap space this offseason. After missing out on Andrew Norwell, who agreed to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Giants turned their attention to Solder and aggressively pursued him. NY couldn't go another offseason without finding a replacement for Flowers-be it through free agency or the draft.

Left tackle has been an enormous area of weakness for the New York Giants, but the arrival of Nate Solder should immediately bolster the position.

The 28-year-old, undrafted corner back out of the University of West Alabama amassed 55 tackles, 12 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and 1.0 sack through all 16 games last season, with he not getting one start in all of those.

The 6-foot-8, 325-pound Solder has spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the 2011 first round out of Colorado.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Solder prefers to stay with the Patriots, but is prepared to leave if New England's offer isn't competitive with the other offers he receives in free agency. Bill Belichick's fondness for special teams is well-known, and the coach had high praise for the player before the team's eventual win in Super Bowl XLIX. Both are unrestricted free agents. The Giants still have work to do on the line, which was terrible last season.

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Solder is a solid left tackle, probably not at the elite level. He also played on the left side against the Broncos and made one start there in 2016. Solder was far and away the best player available.

The Giants announced late Wednesday afternoon the signing of former Carolina Panthers cornerback Teddy Williams, who did not play in 2017 after being waived/injured with a shoulder problem.

The signing doesn't mean Big Blue will move on from Flowers.

This is just a decent move for the Giants, and it seems to me they are preparing for a title run sooner than later, which could impact their plans to take a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft.

Robinson, 30, started his career with five seasons in New Orleans before year-long stints with the Chargers, the Colts, and the Eagles.


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