Giants to sign left tackle Nate Solder to 4-year, $62M deal

New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday Sept. 10 2015 in Foxborough Mass

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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.

Although some of this week's news wasn't a surprise, losing Solder, who signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the New York Giants, is a big loss. That makes him the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has only played with two full-time left tackles throughout his 18-season National Football League career. 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.

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Who Can Replace Solder To Protect Brady's Blind Side? Solder wouldn't be a bad consolation prize, though the Giants will face plenty of competition for his services. In 2015, he had signed a two-year. Rather than accepting an extension from the Pats, Solder waited it out and hit unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career.

Martin, 26, is coming off the best season of his career in the previous year of his rookie contract. "It just does not sound to me like the Patriots really think they are going to be able to keep him". NY needed to up the ante and out price the cash strapped Patriots and cash flush Texans.

For the Patriots, McCarron would serve as an upgrade from their current backup quarterback in Brian Hoyer, who took over when they traded away Jimmy Garoppolo.

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.

Jelks started at left tackle as a sophomore at Vanderbilt then missed two consecutive seasons with torn ACLs. You still have other people protecting Eli Manning.

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.

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