Nate Solder's Reported Departure From Patriots A Cause For Major Concern


If the Broncos land Solder, they would likely move Garett Bolles to right tackle (or perhaps move Solder to right tackle).

By signing Solder, the Giants can check offensive tackle off their list of priorities heading into the draft, which will make it even easier to select Saquon Barkley or one of the top quarterbacks available with the second overall pick.

Solder has been one of the steadiest left tackles in the National Football League since being drafted No. 17 overall in 2011. 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.

Two potential targets fell off the board Wednesday when news broke that cornerback Patrick Robinson and defensive end Trent Murphy are signing elsewhere.

Solder's defection leaves a gaping hole on Brady's backside.

Butler, of course, was a Super Bowl hero several years until he fell out of favor with Bill Belichick and ended up being benched in this years past Super Bowl in which New England lost to Philly. Rather than accepting an extension from the Pats, Solder waited it out and hit unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career. There have been a ton of players who have new homes.

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The New England Patriots and the Houston Texans were the other two teams interested in Solder, according to Albert Breer of the MMQB.

Ereck Flowers, on the other hand, ranked 54th among offensive tackles after earning the best grade of his three-year career.

Richburg is expected to sign with San Francisco.

Gettleman has acted swiftly to remake an offensive line that was at the root of the team's problems last season and a major reason the Giants moved on from GM Jerry Reese. He must have surveyed the market and realized that this was destined to be a particularly thin class of free agent tackles.

Grabbing the left tackle will surely solidify the line for Eli Manning and co. but is it worth $15 million per-season?