When Dave Gettleman was installed as the New York Giants’ general manager, one of his mandates was to upgrade the offensive line. On the first day of the league year, he found a premier “hog mollie” to protect Eli Manning’s blind side in the form of Nate Solder.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed Solder’s signing with the Giants.
Solder, who turns 30 on Apr. 12, was selected by the New England Patriots with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Colorado. He has started 95 of 98 career regular season games, helping the Patriots reach four Super Bowls including victories in Super Bowls XLIX and LI.
In 2017, Solder allowed six sacks, 10 pressures, and 19 quarterback hits. He has started 31 out of 32 games in the past two seasons and played excellently in the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Solder also filled in at tight end during his time with the Patriots.
The impending signing of Solder is especially important after the Giants lost out on Andrew Norwell. The former Carolina Panthers guard will sign a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars that will pay him $13.3 million per year.
Solder’s deal is believed to be for four years at $62 million.
Solder was a highly sought-after commodity. The Cleveland Browns were interested in Solder as possible replacement for offensive line mainstay Joe Thomas. The Houston Texans wanted Solder as well. Reports surfaced Tuesday that Solder was deciding between the Texans and Giants.
Solder brings stability and a veteran presence to both the offensive line and the Giants locker room as a whole. He will more than likely be the starting left tackle.
The deciding factor in Solder’s decision to sign with the Giants could’ve been his son, Hudson. Hudson Solder, 2, has kidney cancer. Naturally, Solder wants to be in a location where his son could have access to the best hospitals for treatment. The New York metropolitan area can provide that.