Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Giants lure OT Solder with four-year, $62M deal

Giants lure OT Solder with four-year, $62M deal

Less than 24 hours after they had lost out on All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell, the New York Giants were able to land a new starting left tackle when they hooked Nate Solder.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal is expected to be worth $60 million for four years.

Nate Ebner #43 of the New England Patriots warms up before the start of National Football League game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 30, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. He played a major role in helping Tom Brady guide the Patriots to four Super Bowls, including two wins.

Free agency has not started out the way the New York Giants and its fan base would have liked. The two-year-deal displays the team's lasting confidence in Ebner, whose age and injury history would typically be concerning for other teams.

The Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon. They do not have an in-house option to replace him like the other three players, but one thing they have going for them is Dante Scarnecchia.

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The cornerback was well-respected in the Patriots' locker room and played last season under a $3.9 million tender offer.

Justin Pugh was originally drafted to play left tackle, but Big Blue quickly found out he was more suited to play right tackle or guard. Fleming started at left tackle against Houston when Solder started at tight end.

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.

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. The 6'8, 320-pound lineman immediately provides an upgrade to an offense that's based around Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

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