Giants’ Nate Solder Plans To Play

Count Nate Solder among the 2020 opt-outs who will return in 2021. The Giants veteran tells ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan (Twitter link) that he plans to play, “as long as the situation is right.” 

Solder’s decision doesn’t necessarily guarantee that he’ll be back with the G-Men, however. After his 2020 commitment tolled, he’s scheduled to make $10MM and count for $16.5MM against the cap. That’s a lot of money, especially with 2020 first-round left tackle Andrew Thomas in the fold.

Instead, the Giants can trade or cut Solder outright to save $6MM against the cap. If they trade him in the summer or make him a post-June 1 release, they can spread out the dead money hit to create $10MM in breathing room this offseason. In that event, they’d have $6.5MM in dead money this year and $4MM in 2021.

The Giants signed Solder to a then-record four-year, $62MM deal in 2018. He was the centerpiece of GM Dave Gettleman‘s offensive line overhaul, but he did not live up to the contract in his first two seasons. Now, the 6-foot-8 veteran could wind up making his return elsewhere.

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10 comments on “Giants’ Nate Solder Plans To Play

  1. Perksy

    Can they designate him as a post June 1 cap cut prior to free agency starting in March?

    • MasterCal

      They can, but the cap savings won’t apply until after June 1 (which means the money they save probably goes to signing their draft class)

  2. MileHighFan

    Solder looked like “just a guy” in 2019. Maybe the time off in 2020 helped with his physical condition, but even so you don’t need two guys to play one position.

  3. Brooklyndave

    This ,”clown and ,” bum’s son has been battling kidney cancer for years . You both are clowns and bums !!!

    • mlbnyyfan

      The Giants desperately need some OLine help. Thomas right now looks like another Ereck Flowers

    • JohnTheSportsFanatic

      Ok? I hope his son recovers and I pray for him but that has nothing to do with his play on the field and how he wants Daniel Jones dead

  4. Brooklyndave

    Please explain how he wants Daniel Jones dead? You don’t think he is a decent player and the Giants should cut him, that is fine and worthy of a discussion but to make such a ridiculous statement that you did shows that your knowledge of football can be found on a thimble

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