According to Michael Giardi, the level of interest in free agent LT Nate Solder has been “off the charts” with the Texans and Broncos appearing to be at the head of the class right now along with the Patriots.
John McClain confirms that the Texans are making a “strong run” at Solder and are desperate for a new left tackle.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com expects the Texans to have interest in Patriots free agent LT Nate Solder, as they’re looking to replace Duane Brown, who was traded to the Seahawks at the deadline last year.
According to King, Solder is “wide open and will consider all options” in free agency. Even so, the Patriots are reportedly being “quite aggressive” in an attempt to re-sign him.
King’s gut feeling is that Solder ultimately returns to New England barring a “crazy-money offer” from a team like the Texans or Giants.
Last we heard regarding Solder, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that the belief right now that he will receive offers of over $12 million per year on the open market. Howe wouldn’t be shocked if Solder wound up with a four-year, $52 million contract or a two-year, $28 million deal.
Howe says that Solder’s preference is to return to the Patriots, but it’s unlikely he’ll offer them a hometown discount this time around.
Solder is by far the best available left tackle on the open market and should end up being one of the big winners in free agency this year.
Solder, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2011. He’s played all seven seasons for the Patriots and is now in position to test the free agent market for the first time in his NFL career.
In 2017, Solder appeared in 16 games for the Patriots and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 33 offensive tackle out of 85 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.