Solder reportedly is signing a four-year contract with the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent that will make him the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. He immediately inherits a starting job at left tackle, where the Giants previously had underperforming Ereck Flowers.
It is March 13, one day before free agency officially begins in the National Football League, and Joe Thomas still hasn't announced a decision he has been pondering since his 2017 season - and maybe his career - ended almost five months ago.
NY used 10 starting line combinations and only had two games in which a runner gained at least 100 yards, both by Orleans Darkwa.
The Giants still have work to do on the line. The idea of also trading Flowers has also been floated around as well. He will be the NFL's highest-paid offensive lineman.
Giants free agent Justin Pugh is an option, but he's played left guard and right tackle. Since he was the consensus top tackle available in free agency, his market blew up.
The four-year deal is worth $62 million and includes $35 million of guaranteed money.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday it was reported that free agent Danny Amendola would be leaving the New England Patriots in favor of the Miami Dolphins. Carey will return to the Jaguars after spending the last seven years in Detroit. He has started 31 of a possible 32 regular season games the past two years and played excellently in this past year's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
Nate Solder will go from protecting Tom Brady to protecting his rival, Eli Manning. 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. The Patriots made him the 17th pick of the 2011 draft. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was in the NY personnel department in 2011 when the Patriots selected Solder before the Giants had a chance to do the same.