5 biggest NY Giants roster busts of all time

New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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2. OT Nate Solder

This is the signing that makes fans so incredibly angry. At the time, GM Dave Gettleman was looking to make a splash in the free agent market in his first year with the team. With this in mind, he opted to sign New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million deal. This made Solder the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time.

It quickly became very clear that this signing was a mistake. In his first season with the team, Solder was decent. While he was not living up to his massive contract, he did not play nearly as bad as he would in the future. In 16 games played in his first campaign, Solder would allow seven sacks while gaining a PFF player grade of 75.7. However, as previously mentioned, things would only go downhill from there.

After 2018, Solder’s career would spiral, with him allowing 11 sacks in 2019 while having a player grade of 64.9. Following that year, Solder would chose to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the risk of COVID. Solder would return to the team in 2021. However, he looked like one of the worst offensive lineman in all of football. Quickly becoming one of the most hated players on the team by the fans.

Solder’s contract finally expired after the 2021 season and Giants fans could not have been happier. Solder would have very easily been first on the list if he did not have his decent 2018 season. Solder remains a free agent and it looks like no teams out there are in a hurry to give him another shot.