Oh happy day! Yesterday was a rough one missing out on Andrew Norwell to the Jaguars. But Dave Gettleman put his thinking cap and signed Tom Brady’s blind side Nate Solder to a 4-year, $62M deal.
Solder was drafted by the Patriots in 2011 and won two Super Bowls while he was there. He is a guy that comes in and instantantly upgrades the glaring need that the Giants had. Most importantly, it means that we will never have to see Erick Flowers at left tackle again.
So what is the focus for the offensive line going forward?
Justin Pugh is still out there and hopefully the GMEN can re-sign him. It is a weak free agency class for offensive linemen so maybe another NFL team will take a flier on him. Also, Weston Richburg is most likely gone and I’m ok with that considering we have Brett Jones to slide in at center.
The o-line is still a mess but it is going in the right direction. If they need cap space to get Pugh back I would suggest cutting Brandon Marshall. B-Marsh is a prime candidate to be a cap casualty. He carries a $6.15 million cap hit in 2018, with only $1 million in dead money, meaning that the Giants would save $5.15 million by releasing him.
Overall the Solder deal is a step in the right direction. The next move is to sign Pugh.