Browns to consider pursuing Nate Solder, still waiting on Joe Thomas

Mindy Sparks
March 14, 2018

Teams across the league are using the in-between period to pursue the Patriots' unrestricted free agents.

Houston has another hole to fill at left tackle.

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported on Tuesday that Solder would like to stay in New England, but is willing to sign with a different team if the Patriots don't make a competitive offer. Furthermore, the front office still has plenty of more resources to toy around with in free agency and the draft.

Solder allowed four sacks in 16 games with the Patriots in 2017. During the Patriots' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Solder played very well against a vaunted Eagles pass rush, giving up no sacks in the game.

Prior to the acquisitions they made recently, it would have seemed impossible that the Browns could sign a player like Solder away from the Patriots, but they have something interesting brewing there.

Norwell is averaging $13.3 million a year in his new deal with the Jaguars, so Solder, a tackle could look makeup to $14 million a year in his deal.

For the Browns, this deal would be another investment in the offensive line after spending big on Joel Bitino (extension) and Kevin Zeitler/JC Tretter (free agency) past year.

According to the NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala (via Marc Sessler), who is embedded in Berea, the Browns expect to learn of Thomas' plans for the future on Wednesday. Solder is easily the best tackle on the market, and Cleveland has the money to price everyone else out if they want him.

Pittsburgh Steelers' right tackle Chris Hubbard is another nice option for the Giants as well reports ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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