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Patriots Seem to Be Planning for Life Without LT Nate Solder

Free agent left tackle Nate Solder is expected to field contract offers “north of” $12 million annually according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Solder’s preference is to stay with New England and while he could take somewhat of a hometown discount to make that happen, Howe cautions that the Patriots must field a “competitive” offer or risk losing him. He already accepted a team-friendly deal in 2015 and, as this is likely his last big deal in the NFL, no one could fault him for leaving the Patriots to secure his family’s future. Solder can probably expect an offer in the range of $52 million over four years or two years for $28 million if he’s looking to sign a short-term deal. There had been some speculation that Solder could retire given his and his young son’s history of health issues but he has announced he is definitely playing in 2018. Solder does not turn 30 until April and is the best left tackle available in a weak free agent market.

If Solder leaves, LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming would be the leading in-house candidates to replace him at left tackle.

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