Nate Solder To Sign With New York Giants

The Giants have reportedly signed Nate Solder away from the New England Patriots to be their new left tackle, shoring up a problem position.

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

Solder, 29, becomes the anchor of the line and brings with him quality veteran leadership into a locker room that is in desperate need of it. The 2011 first-round pick out of Colorado will be the NFL's highest-paid lineman.

Martin, 26, is coming off the best season of his career in the previous year of his rookie contract.

He proceeded to play in all 16 games during his rookie season, making 11 starts and finishing with 49 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The highest paid tackle in the National Football League on an average per year basis is Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung at $13.25 million per season. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal.


The move comes a day after Gettleman was outbid by the Jaguars for former Panthers guard Andrew Norwell, who signed as an unrestricted free agent when Gettleman was Carolina's GM.

The Patriots are now operating with approximately $21 million in cap space.

The 28-year-old Butler is a Vicksburg, Mississippi, native who went undrafted out of West Alabama but spent the past four seasons with the Patriots. Martin played well last season in place of Markus Golden, and proved to be a solid option both defensively and on special teams.

Before last season, he hadn't started more than two games.

And while NY definitely has other needs, the draft is right around the corner. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or would do anything to hurt the Patriots' chances.

Two potential targets fell off the board Wednesday when news broke that cornerback Patrick Robinson and defensive end Trent Murphy are signing elsewhere.


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