The Giants have landed a whale.
GM Dave Gettleman on Wednesday won the sweepstakes for Patriots left tackle Nate Solder, the Daily News has confirmed, landing the top left tackle on the free agent market to address one of the club’s biggest needs on Eli Manning’s blind side.
Nate Solder, the top left tackle on the free agent market, will be joining the Giants.
Solder, who turns 30 years old in April, is a two-time Super Bowl champion and former 2011 first-round pick out of Colorado. He has started 31 of a possible 32 regular season games the past two years and played excellently in this past year’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
On a heart-wrenching note, Solder’s older son, Hudson, 2, has kidney cancer, and so it was reported heading into free agency that a major part of his decision would center around the ability to continue to have access to top hospitals to obtain the best care. The Giants, in the New York area, obviously can provide access to that.
The Solder news comes a day after the Giants’ top offensive line target – All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell – agreed to sign a five-year deal with the Jaguars. The deal with Jacksonville will make Norwell the highest -paid guard in the NFL at a $13.3 million annual value.
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