2-Time Super Bowl Champion To Become Highest-Paid Offensive Lineman In The NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Giants have an agreement with offensive tackle Nate Solder.

The team and the former New England Patriots left tackle will finalize the deal at 4 p.m. Wednesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because teams are prohibited from announcing any deals until the end of the NFL’s two-day negotiating period.

NFL Network reported the Giants will give Solder a four-year, $62 million deal.

The 29-year-old Solder, who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, was considered the top offensive lineman available in free agency. The 2011 first-round pick out of Colorado will be the NFL’s highest-paid lineman.

Nate Solder

Patriots left tackle Nate Solder, center, in action against the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 27, 2016. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Solder will probably take over at left tackle and 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers will be moved to the right side. The Giants still have work to do on the line, which was horrible last season.

Center Weston Richburg is expected to sign with San Francisco, and versatile Justin Pugh is a free agent.

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The deal with Solder coincided with agreement between Big Blue and linebacker Kareem Martin, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Martin, 26, can play defensive end in a traditional 4-3 scheme and outside linebacker in a 3-4.

On Tuesday, the Giants added some depth to their running game, reaching an agreement with veteran tailback Jonathan Stewart, who played his previous 10 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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