The New York Giants had been very energetic in free company this yr, signing some excessive profile names after many felt they might not find a way to take action attributable to wage cap constraints.
Since Dave Gettleman took over the crew as basic supervisor in 2018, Large Blue has made some astute strikes (James Bradberry, Blake Martinez) however have additionally made some head-scratchers as effectively.
Dan Duggan of The Athletic cites the 2018 signing of veteran offensive deal with Nate Solder because the Giants’ worst free agent addition not solely since Gettleman’s been calling the photographs, however during the last decade.
Huge receiver Golden Tate made a powerful case for this “honor,” with a four-game PED suspension and a benching for egocentric habits in two seasons after signing a four-year, $37.5 million contract in 2019. Nevertheless it’s not possible to prime the Solder disappointment contemplating the Giants made him the highest-paid offensive lineman within the NFL after they gave him a four-year, $62 million contract. Solder wasn’t superb in 2018 after which was abysmal in 2019. He opted out final season and now’s again after taking a steep pay minimize to only $3 million to function a swing deal with. Solder has been the poster boy for the Giants’ extended offensive line woes.
The Giants had been determined to improve their offensive line on the time (and nonetheless are) and Gettleman overpaid for Solder, who was a strong participant in New England however by no means made the Professional Bowl or was even thought-about a prime deal with within the league. He was the product of the Patriots’ success and was not deserving of such an over-the-market deal.
The signing would have been extra palatable had the pandemic not interrupted it. If COVID-19 by no means occurred, Solder would possible not be a Big proper now. His deal was designed for him to play three years and be a cap casualty in 12 months 4.
However for the reason that opt-out pauses a participant’s contract, that third yr is 2021 and the Giants needed to mitigate that deal by restructuring it. Solder shall be again with a a lot decrease cap hit and presumably play the position of swing deal with this yr.