In Solder, the Giants signed the best left tackle on the market. The off-season has barely started and the Patriots certainly have a plan, but the team finds itself with a whole lot of work to do with minimal cap space (around $21 million).
"From what I understand - and this can always change, as you guys know it is very fluid - it sounds like he is down to two teams: the Giants and the Texans", he said on NFL Network.
Day 1 of free agency wasn't kind to those at 1 Patriot Place in Foxboro.
Left tackle has been an enormous area of weakness for the New York Giants, but the arrival of Nate Solder should immediately bolster the position. The 32-year-old wide receiver has also generated interest from several other teams, per Schultz.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has only played with two full-time left tackles throughout his 18-season National Football League career. Moving Flowers back to right tackle could help the Giants improve two spots on their offensive line. It marked the first time he's received a Pro Bowl invitation, although he didn't play in the game because the Patriots were in Super Bowl LII. Gettleman already improved the position by re-signing restricted free-agent guard Jon Halapio on Monday. At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Flowers looks more like a tackle than a guard, but players with his size and bulk have made the transition. Fleming started at left tackle against Houston when Solder started at tight end. They took Antonio Garcia in the 3rd round last years. There have been a ton of players who have new homes.
A quick aside: What a play by Solder and his agents.
Only one of five players in history selected to the Pro Bowl in his first 10 seasons, Thomas had never missed a snap in his career before he got hurt while blocking on a routine running play against Tennessee on October 22.