Nate Solder leaves Patriots to join Giants on 4-year deal


While the Butler and Lewis departures were easy to forecast, Solder was considered to be New England's top priority in free agency.

The loss of Solder hurts the most. Solder was in a tier by himself as the No. 1 free agent tackle.

This year's offensive line class is horrendous in free agency, so the Giants are overpaying based on supply and demand here, and those deals are rarely good ones in free agency. The Giants beat out the likes of Houston and Cleveland to land Solder. The two-year-deal displays the team's lasting confidence in Ebner, whose age and injury history would typically be concerning for other teams. That could be a tough task.

Solder has spent the past seven seasons helping to protect Tom Brady as the Patriots' left tackle. The new front office and coaching regime learned from the mistakes of those who came before them and knew they could not go into the 2018 season with Flowers once again as Eli Manning's blind-side protector. Gettleman already improved the position by re-signing restricted free-agent guard Jon Halapio on Monday. Re-signing one of them would be a practical move. The Giants still have work to do on the line, which was awful last season. The move inside was one they should've made earlier on, but now they can, because they have a left tackle.

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The New Orleans Saints pursued Butler as a restricted free agent past year, but the trade price was too high. Solder was far and away the best player available. None of them have played an National Football League snap at tackle.

His two interceptions were the same number as fellow cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was signed by the Patriots to a five-year, $65 million deal last spring.

The New York Giants are not only obtaining a talented lineman, but also a great presence in the locker room, as well as the community. Murphy, 27, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL but finished 2016 with a career-high nine sacks, is signing with Buffalo.