Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that offensive tackle Nate Solder will be returning to the New York Giants in 2021.
The #Giants and OT Nate Solder have agreed in principle to a reworked deal to return to New York, source said, as NYG locks in the experienced tackle. The two sides are working out the final details, but Solder is staying barring any last-minute hiccups.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2021
It was widely expected that some sort of move would be made with regards to Solder before the start of free agency, and it looks like that move is a reworked contract.
The exact details of the reworked contract are not yet known, but cutting Solder would have resulted in the Giants carrying a salary cap hit. Solder will carry a dead money cap hit of $10.5 million in 2021 and $4 million in 2022, limiting his potential cap savings to just $6 million this year.
Solder first came to the Giants as a blockbuster free agent signing in 2018, his four-year, $62 million contract making him the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL at the time. He hasn’t lived up to his hefty price tag, and is credited with giving up 19 sacks in 2018 and 2019 (per The Washington Post). However, Solder is lauded for his leadership off the field and bringing him back will keep a veteran voice in an offensive line room which just lost Kevin Zeitler.
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