Nate Solder has not met expectations in New York
There are several veteran players that the New York Giants may want to unload this offseason due to how much cap room they’re taking up.
Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report has picked one contract that every NFL team would like to have disappear and for the Giants he chose offensive lineman Nate Solder. Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
Then there’s the New York Giants and the abomination that is tackle Nate Solder’s four-year, $62 million pact.
When the Giants signed Solder, he was supposed to become the foundation for an improved line in New York. Instead, the Giants got a turnstile. In 1,011 snaps for the Giants in 2019, Solder surrendered a whopping 11 sacks and may have been the worst blindside protector in the league. His second season in New York in 2020 was a wash, as Solder opted out due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has been some speculation that Solder could retire, but as Cole Claybourn reported for Sports Spectrum, Solder appeared to indicate that he’s leaning toward playing in 2021.
“I feel like I’m mentally and physically in a place where I am looking forward to, if I have the opportunity to play, I’ll probably take it if that’s what God has for me,” he said.
Solder still has two years left on his contract with the Giants. If New York were to cut him this offseason they would save only $6 million in 2021 because they would have to eat over $10 million in dead cap space.
Now if the Giants wait until 2022 to cut Solder they would then only have to deal with $4 million in dead cap space for that season.
The Giants of course have two choices, keep Solder and have him compete with guys like Matt Peart to start at right tackle or cut him and save $6 million 2021 while also not be allowed to use the additional $10 million that his contract is taking up.