The New York Giants offensive line was atrocious in 2016, they did nothing to improve the unit, and not surprisingly it was one of the worst offensive lines in recent memory in 2017 and likely led to general manager Jerry Reese to lose his job. The new Giants regime led by general manager David Gettleman had to fix the offensive line first and foremost, and after whiffing on a deal (which was reported done) with guard Andrew Norwell (who became the highest paid guard in NFL history when he signed with the Jaguars) the Giants were desperate. That all changed today when the Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder, and while the numbers have not been released, it is rumored that the Giants will make Nate Solder the highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL. Wow. That’s a big commitment to a 30-year-old left tackle who has never made the Pro Bowl, but Nate Solder is a solid tackle with big game experience and two Super Bowl rings, plus he is a durable player who will help solidify a Giants offensive line which is incredibly needy. Desperate times call of desperate measures.
UPDATE: The numbers on Solder are in, it’s a four year deal worth $62 million dollars with $34 million guaranteed. As expected he is now the highest paid tackle in the NFL. This signing was a necessity for the Giants, with an embarrassing offensive line and no sure thing available in the NFL Draft, the Giants were forced to make this move.