Social media explodes as Giants make Nate Solder NFL's highest-paid OL

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

Social media explodes as Giants make Nate Solder NFL's highest-paid OL

According to Ian Rapport of the NFL Network, the deal is a four-year deal worth 62 million dollars.

Gettleman has earned the signings of former Arizona Cardinal's LB Kareem Martin, and left tackle for the Patriots Nate Solder. He would by far and away be the top offensive tackle available in this free agency class and would command a monster salary. NY had its heart set on Andrew Norwell, but he signed with Jacksonville. You'd think the Patriots want to do everything possible to position themselves for a Super Bowl in 2018.

Pro Football Focus gave him a 75.7 grade in 2017, placing him 32nd among NFL tackles. Solder being the highest paid offensive lineman will set him up for a future of financial stability, especially considering the fact that he is 29-years-old. The addition of Nate Solder is great, but it is not enough. NY needed to up the ante and out price the cash strapped Patriots and cash flush Texans. At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Flowers looks more like a tackle than a guard, but players with his size and bulk have made the transition. Who's to say the same couldn't be said for Flowers. That means the Giants will have to make another move involving Ereck Flowers.

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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.

Another reminder: Teams turn over around one-third of their rosters each year, and it's an evolving process, not one that is best measured in a one-day snapshot. In other words, the Pats are now without their starting left tackle, leading rusher/kickoff returner, starting cornerback and slot receiver/punt returner. That leaves New York's front office the option to take an offensive tackle or guard in the early rounds.

After missing 12 games in 2015 with a biceps injury, he has only been out just one game over the past two seasons, proving his durability.

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