1. OT Nate Solder
What a flop this deal was. Two years ago, Dave Gettleman made Nate Solder the highest-paid tackle in the NFL. Fast forward two seasons and Giants fans are all but calling for the heads of both Gettleman and Solder.
NY Giants fans have seen Nate Solder be paid like a king while performing like a court jester. Through his first seven seasons with the Patriots, Solder allowed a total of 34.5 sacks for a loss of 235 yards.
Since Solder joined the NY Giants in 2018, he has allowed 20.5 sacks for a total of 179 yards lost. Solder has also been penalized eight times for 70 yards, which is something that has plagued him since his days with the Patriot (blocking numbers courtesy of Washington Post).
Solder’s poor play has been about on par with the rest of the NY Giants offensive line since he arrived in East Rutherford. Unfortunately for Solder, the line now looks stronger and is younger than they have been in years.
With fourth overall pick Andrew Thomas looking to slide into the starting left tackle role, third-round pick Matt Peart eyeing the right tackle job, and the guard spots already solidified, Nate Solder could be left behind.
Nate Solder is set to count for $19.5M ($13M GTD) against the NY Giants cap this season and would free up $10M in cap space if he were cut or traded now that we have reached the June 1st mark.
There would still be a dead cap of $6.5M this season and $6.5M next season, but that could be well worth it as opposed to paying someone an average of $20M over the next two seasons to be a backup.