Browns Rumors: Cleveland Targeting Patriots' Nate Solder to Replace Joe Thomas

Browns Rumors: Cleveland Targeting Patriots' Nate Solder to Replace Joe Thomas

Teams always end up over-paying free agents; Andrew Norwell, a left guard who earned $2.7 million from Carolina last year, has a five-year, $66.5 million contract with Jacksonville in place.

It was just previous year that Cleveland made Kevin Zeitler the highest-paid guard in National Football League history.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported Tuesday that Cleveland is "making a big run" at Nate Solder to replace Joe Thomas at left tackle.

Monday Morning Quarterback's Albert Beer tweeted out Tuesday afternoon that the Giants are going after Solder.

New Browns general manager John Dorsey has been active in recent days overhauling the team's roster. The latest is that the Pats are still interested in the tackle but will likely want him to accept less money.

Solder is rated as the best offensive tackle available by many, including NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, in free agency this offseason.

New England would be forced to figure things out on the fly, with potential left tackle candidates LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming also slated to be free agents.

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Solder allowed four sacks in 16 games with the Patriots in 2017.

Solder, 6-foot-8, 314 pounds, hasn't been to a Pro Bowl (he was a Pro Bowl alternate for the 2017 season), but since he and Thomas both play in the AFC, he would have had to beat out Thomas to get that recognition.

It will be tough for the Giants to sign Solder.

Solder will be the hottest of commodities going into free agency period.

The Cleveland Browns have gotten off to a spectacular start to the offseason following a couple of big-name trades. With the offensive line market always being one of high demand, especially with a premium position like his, he's rumored to command up to $14 million annually.

Hubbard primarily plays right tackle, but he gives the Browns more options in case Thomas retires.

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