It might be time for Nate Solder to retire
New York Giants’ offensive lineman Nate Solder indicated during the regular season that he’s thinking about retiring after opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Solder opened about how he felt like he was letting his teammates down by not playing even though he had a good reason with his son battling cancer and himself being a cancer survivor.
“In a lot of ways, I felt like I was letting my teammates down,” Solder said. “I felt like I was letting the new coaching staff down. The fact is, as a 32-year-old NFL player, it just hurts my chances of having my career trajectory take off at this point. I just have to trust in God and see where he leads me.
“Trust me, it was an internal tension. But once it became clear, the priority of my family’s lives, of our children and my in-laws and parents and all the connections in our community, man, I just value people more than I value my career in the NFL.”
I certainly don’t blame Solder for not playing this season, I just wished he had turned out to be the offensive tackle the Giants thought he was when they signed him as a free agent in 2018.
Solder’s 2020 salary was pushed back to next season since he opted out. So the Giants will owe him $16.5 million in 2021 and it goes up to $18 million in 2022. I hate to say it, but with the Giants being over the cap, cutting the 32 year-old Solder makes a lot of sense this offseason.