Do the Giants need Nate Solder?
New York Giants’ offensive lineman Nate Solder has to decide whether or not he will play in 2021 after sitting out the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an article that Solder wrote for The Increase, he revealed how difficult things were for his family when his son had to have a portion of his kidney removed because it was possibly cancerous.
“In November 2019, Hudson had major surgery to remove a significant portion of his kidney, which they suspected was cancerous. To watch your son go through that — the fear and anxiety and the real sadness of how hard that is — is really hard to see. It put me in a real tailspin emotionally,” Solder wrote. “I am not making excuses for my performance that season, but I did realize how dependent I am on emotional stability. It’s taking me a while, but thankfully through prayer, a great wife, a good community and therapy, it’s been good.”
The good news is that things have gotten better for Solder’s son Hudson and his family.
“Hudson is doing really awesome. We’ve been through it three times where he’s on chemotherapy, then he’s off chemotherapy. Now we’re doing scans and checkups every three months, but we’re really thankful. He’s in kindergarten right now, just doing normal kid stuff, which is a blessing,” he said.
Solder does have some guilt for not playing this past season.
“The dependence I felt like my team had on me to protect the quarterback was really weighing on my heart. It was not an easy decision,” he wrote.
It now looks like Solder is ready to return to the football field.
“I’m in a place now where if I am offered another chance to play football, I’ll probably take it. But I’m thankful for the decision I made last year for my family and community,” Solder said.
If Solder does decide to play this coming season, he will have to re-work his contract in order to free up more cap space for the Giants. If he’s unwilling to do so, I think it would safe to say that he will be released.
If the Giants don’t have Solder, they may have to rely on second-year tackle Matt Peart.
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