ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots have signed LT Nate Solder to a two-year, $20.62 million contract extension.
- Ian Rapoport reports that the first two years of Solder’s deal are fully guaranteed, and he’s now the second highest paid player on the team.
- Solder has another $1.5 million available through incentives if he makes the Pro Bowl.
- According to Schefter, the Patriots will no longer be able to use either the franchise or transition tag on him after the 2017 season.
- This agreement will keep Solder in New England through the 2017 season.
Solder, 27, had his fifth-year option picked up in April of last year, so he was in line to test the open market next year. He played out his four-year, $8,540,492 rookie contract and will make a base salary of 7.4 million for the 2015 season.
In 2014, Solder appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 44 offensive tackle in the league.