It isn’t a great crop of left tackles heading to free agency this offseason. The best LT hitting the market is Joe Staley of the 49ers, but he turns 36 and may retire if San Francisco wins this year’s Super Bowl. After Staley, the next best is Anthony Castonzo who is only a few months younger than Solder.
Will Gettleman want to take a gamble on someone who may not turn out to be much better than what he has now? Especially when it’s on someone past their prime.
Drafting a left tackle to be the cornerstone of New York’s offensive line for the next several seasons with the fourth overall pick is a likely scenario. There are several players who fit the bill including Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Jedrick Wills (Alabama), and Mekhi Becton (Louisville). GMDG may even be able to trade down a few spots and still get one of these stud LTs.
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Ultimately Solder’s fate is in the hands Gettleman and new head coach Joe Judge. Its an interesting cart and horse situation. Do the Giants decide on a course of action for Solder before the draft and select accordingly? Or do they wait to see what happens at the draft and then decide what to do with Solder?
Judge knows Solder from when they were both with New England. As the Pats special teams coordinator, Judge worked the lineman for punts, extra points, and two-point conversions. They have an existing relationship. The coach is in a good position to see first hand what Solder has become since leaving New England and how best to use (or not use) him.
Unless Gettleman pulls the trigger on a trade right after the Super Bowl, Nate Solder’s status will be up in the air through the draft and maybe later.
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