By Henry McKenna
Tackle Nate Solder is entering free agency at an opportune moment for him — and an inopportune moment for the New England Patriots.
Solder will be the best tackle on the market along with his teammates Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle. The NFL draft doesn’t have much to offer in terms of starting left tackles. Solder is in a league of his own.
That’s probably why Solder is “far from a slam dunk to return to Foxboro,” according to NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Giardi.
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Solder’s earning power could rise significantly once he hits an open market where he won’t have any true competition. He may be in a situation where he can set a price and wait for the right offer to arrive.
Solder has been protecting Tom Brady for the last seven years after the Patriots selected him 17th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.