Solder the latest Patriots free agent to leave New England

New Giants LB previews ‘relentless’ defense he’s helping bring over

Solder will more than fill that need.

This off-season, Solder looked like the No. 1 priority for the Patriots. He would by far and away be the top offensive tackle available in this free agency class and would command a monster salary. Giardi also reported that the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans appear to be the frontrunners to sign him.

According to Spotrac, Solder could command up to $13.2 million a year in his new contract.

The Giants paid a high price to land Solder, who was a Pro Bowl alternate for 2017 but didn't play because the Patriots were in the Super Bowl. That could be a tough task.

Solder will probably take over at left tackle and 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers will be moved to the right side.

However, that could all change soon enough with the news that the Pats have offered free-agent quarterback AJ McCarron a contract. They do not have an in-house option to replace him like the other three players, but one thing they have going for them is Dante Scarnecchia.

Jelks started at left tackle as a sophomore at Vanderbilt then missed two consecutive seasons with torn ACLs.

The New Orleans Saints pursued Butler as a restricted free agent previous year, but the trade price was too high. The move inside was one they should've made earlier on, but now they can, because they have a left tackle.

A quick aside: What a play by Solder and his agents. Garcia lost 40 pounds last season as he reportedly was dealing with blood clots in his lungs.

Who knows how long the Brady/Belichick era will last?

Two potential targets fell off the board Wednesday when news broke that cornerback Patrick Robinson and defensive end Trent Murphy are signing elsewhere.

Only one of five players in history selected to the Pro Bowl in his first 10 seasons, Thomas had never missed a snap in his career before he got hurt while blocking on a routine running play against Tennessee on October 22.

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