For some National Football League free agents, who called Foxboro home in 2017, there was most likely a bit more to it than that. In other words, the Pats are now without their starting left tackle, leading rusher/kickoff returner, starting cornerback and slot receiver/punt returner.
The loss of Solder hurts the most.
Solder, 29, was a first round pick of the Patriots in 2011. In six of his seven seasons, Solder has appeared in at least 15 games.
This year’s offensive line class is horrendous in free agency, so the Giants are overpaying based on supply and demand here, and those deals are rarely good ones in free agency.
The Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans are other teams that have been reported in the hunt for Solder. As the conversations went deeper, the Patriots were out-priced.
Solder will receive a four-year, $60 million contract with a guarantee of about $35 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. To put this in perspective Butler was only paid $4 million in 2017 by the Patriots.
Of course, some of this was expected. He was the hero of New England’s Super Bowl win after the 2014 season, intercepting a pass to seal the 28-24 victory over Seattle. 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. They would love to keep Solder, who has been Tom Brady’s blindside protector for a long time. That could be a tough task. The Hall of Fame-bound quarterback should feel more comfortable with Solder holding down the left side in 2018 and beyond. Pugh is a free agent.
Gettleman has earned the signings of former Arizona Cardinal’s LB Kareem Martin, and left tackle for the Patriots Nate Solder. The Giants still have work to do on the line, which was disgusting last season.
Fan-favorite Justin Pugh is still on the market for the Giants, if they want to re-sign him.
A quick aside: What a play by Solder and his agents. They took Antonio Garcia in the 3rd round last years.