Giants’ new lineman has selfless plans for his $62 million
It is, Nate Solder admitted, all very surreal.
He has existed for seven years outside of the spotlight, even though as a starting left tackle for the Patriots, he was entrusted to protect Tom Brady’s blind side for a team always in the hunt and regularly in the Super Bowl. That existence was shattered this week, when free agency hit, the Giants called and Solder became the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman, to the tune of a four-year, $62 million contract.
Nate Solder is now even richer than before, and the new centerpiece of the Giants’ revamped offensive line. And he is planning on sharing what he has with others.
By God’s grace if we joyfully look forward to the momentary impact for the New York Giants, a lifetime of impact on our communities and an eternal impact for the kingdom of God, me and my family could not be more thankful and excited, so it’s just a great time, Solder said. No, I couldn’t have ever expected this, but we believe that it’s God’s wishes, not ours, to make the impact in our communities
for the kingdom, for people that are less fortunate for us. It’s nothing about us having a bigger house, a nicer car, anything like that. So like I said, shame on me if it’s just about us.
One day after losing out on Andrew Norwell, the top guard on the free-agent market, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman quickly pivoted to Solder, although Gettleman knew the price tag for the best left tackle in free agency would be steep. Desperation and need are strong allies.
He gets $34.8 million in guaranteed money, including a signing bonus of $16 million, and the first two years of his deal ($5.9 million in salary in 2018 and $12.9 million in 2019) are guaranteed. His base salaries the final two years are $9.9 million. Solder also receives a $3 million roster bonus at the start of the 2020 league year and a $4 million roster bonus at the start of the 2021 league year. He also has $100,000 workout bonuses for all four years.
It is a mega-deal and it means Solder will count $10 million on this season’s salary cap. Considering the Giants headed into free agency only about $20 million under the cap, it is safe to assume they will not be signing any more big-ticket players unless they make several drastic roster cuts. Solder is expected to sign the contract Thursday after taking a physical at the Giants’ facility.
Adding Solder means Ereck Flowers’ days as a left tackle are over, at least for the foreseeable future, but his days with the Giants will continue, at a new position.