Solder, 6-foot-8, 314 pounds, hasn't been to a Pro Bowl (he was a Pro Bowl alternate for the 2017 season), but since he and Thomas both play in the AFC, he would have had to beat out Thomas to get that recognition. The team agreed to acquire receiver Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins, quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills and defensive back Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers.
As I am typing this up, the Browns made a deal for former Steelers offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, paying him a really nice chunk of cash to come be part of their offensive line. Ebner suffered a knee injury in November that prematurely ended his 2017 season.
The Patriotsare signing safety/special teamer Nate Ebner to a two-year contract extension before free agency officially begins Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Giardi also reported that the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans appear to be the frontrunners to sign him. They have about $61 million in cap space available. NY had its heart set on Andrew Norwell, but he signed with Jacksonville. Left tackles are so coveted that Solder is likely to get at least $14 million a year from the team that signs him.
Broncos expected to sign free agent quarterback Case Keenum
That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and others. Former Broncos coach and current front office consultant Gary Kubiak coached Keenum when he was with the Texans.
According to Spotrac, Solder could command up to $13.2 million a year in his new contract.
Drafted No. 17 overall by the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft, Solder has been the starting left tackle for New England since the 2012 season.
"For us as an organization, we're going to do everything we can to be prepared whether he plays or he doesn't play and I think that's what our responsibility is". So while Thomas makes up his mind, the Browns are in on Solder.