Nate Solder has signed a new contract with the New York Giants for a massive $60 million over the next 4 seasons. His contract has $35 million in guarantees. It also makes him the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. This was first reported by Ian Rapoport.
Solder, 29, defected from the New England Patriots, the team that drafted him 17th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Solder secured a starting spot in 2012 and emerged as one of the game’s best left tackles. While protecting Tom Brady’s blind side, Solder was an essential piece of two Super Bowl-winning teams. Now he’s heading to protect Eli Manning (and his successor), which is a humorous turn of events.
Solder was famously recruited to CU as an oversized tight end out of Buena Vista, Colorado. After a redshirt season and a year at tight end, Solder converted to offensive tackle and quickly became CU’s best lineman. His growth continued seemingly exponentially and culminated with a dominant senior season. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was a consensus first team All-American.
It’s been marvelous to cover his career and see him go from a backup tight end to the highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL. Congrats, Nate!