New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder has been a popular guy this offseason and has drawn interest from numerous teams - the Cleveland Browns are the latest on the list, according to Boston Globe's Ben Volin. He is going to become NFL's highest paid guard - $13.3 million average. They would love to keep Solder, who has been Tom Brady's blindside protector for a long time.
As of Wednesday morning, just hours before the official start to free agency, the Giants and Houston Texans are considered the favorites to land Solder, with some reporting the Giants are offering upwards of $14 million per year.
Drafted No. 17 overall by the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft, Solder has been the starting left tackle for New England since the 2012 season.
Solder allowed four sacks in 16 games with the Patriots in 2017.
Prior to the acquisitions they made recently, it would have seemed impossible that the Browns could sign a player like Solder away from the Patriots, but they have something interesting brewing there. In his seven seasons as a pro, the Colorado product has yet to be selected to a single Pro Bowl, although he has helped anchor the offensive line of two Super Bowl-winning teams. "Joe has been a tremendous Cleveland Brown, has done anything and everything we've asked of him, so I think it's only right that we give him the opportunity to work through this and make the best decision for him".
Along with Norwell, former center Weston Richburg is also off the market, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Richburg has agreed to a five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. But as they wait to hear from him, the club has been examining the free-agent market to potentially find his replacement.
Other options on the offensive line for the Giants in free agency are Ryan Jensen, Josh Sitton, Joe Berger and Nick Easton.