Giants to sign LT Solder to four-year deal

The Giants still have work to do on the line, which was frightful last season.

Solder commands more than Norwell because a franchise left tackle is valued more than a franchise guard. With the imminent loss of Nate Solder, Patriots fans are itching for good news. Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler both signed with the Tennessee Titans for monster deals.

He would by far and away be the top offensive tackle available in this free agency class and would command a monster salary.

Although the Patriots wanted to bring back Amendola, they couldn't afford his two-year, $12 million deal.

Although the 29-year-old remained a solid pass-blocker in 2017, his moving on isn't altogether surprising.

The Browns also are expected to pursue New England's Nate Solder, who has spent the past seven years protecting Tom Brady's blindside. And outside of an injury-shortened season in 2015, Solder has proven how durable he is. They made them into desirable commodities that at one point in time I'm sure they knew they were going to lose because you cant' keep everybody. The team has lost center Weston Richburg to the San Francisco 49ers while Justin Pugh and D.J. Fluker are free agents.

Lewis' four-year, $23.4 million contract includes $11.5 million in guaranteed money. The 6-foot-8, 314-pound lineman played in four Super Bowls with the Patriots, winning two.

A first-round draft pick out of Colorado in 2011, Solder started 95 of 98 regular-season games and 16 postseason contests for the Patriots. In terms of internal options, the Pats also have last year's third-round pick Tony Garcia, Cole Croston, Andrew Jelks and Jason King on the roster.

- Cleveland Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas has retired after 11 seasons in the National Football League, ending a career in which he exemplified durability, dependability and dominance. He's recorded 74 tackles in six seasons with New England, including one forced fumble and recovery.

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