EAST RUTHERFORD/FOXBORO – (Wire Service Report) – Free agent left tackle Nate Solder agreed to a four-year deal worth $15.5 million per season to join the New York Giants. NFL Network first reported Solder’s decision to leave the New England Patriots and select the Giants over the Houston Texans. The contract would make Solder the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL and add a cornerstone to an offensive line ridiculed in recent seasons.
Nate Solder (77) in his last home game for New England
Solder’s contract is potentially worth $62 million. The Cleveland Browns and Patriots were “passively involved” in pursuit of Solder, ESPN reported.
The Giants were bidding on offensive guard Andrew Norwell, who is joining former Giants coach Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville, until the Jaguars made Norwell the highest-paid tackle in football on Tuesday.
In Solder, the Giants have a mainstay at left tackle. The 29-year-old, drafted in the first round (17th overall), has started 95 games since entering the league in 2011. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was in the New York personnel department in 2011 when the Patriots selected Solder before the Giants had a chance to do the same.
Two picks later, the Giants selected cornerback Prince Amukamura who had a slightly higher grade in the team’s front office than Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo.