Solder, who turns 30 on April 12, was selected by the New England Patriots with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Colorado. Per Rapoport, the deal is 4 years for $62 million dollars with $35 million in guarantees.
In 2015, Solder inked a two-year extension with New England worth a total of $20.062 million.
While there were some big names available in free agency, such as Andrew Whitworth and Ricky Wagner, the Vikings signed former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff. Tennessee has approximately $59 million in salary cap space after releasing running back DeMarco Murray and three other players last week. He had career highs of 23 tackles and 10 starts, and he also had a sack and his first career interception while playing in all 16 games.
The Patriots have expressed interest in defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who might be the best pass rusher in free agency.
The deal with Solder coincided with agreement between Big Blue and linebacker Kareem Martin, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals. After Butler didn't play on defense in the Super Bowl, he was all but out the door as soon as the offseason starter.
I can't blame NY for going out and doing this, which is why I chose to give them an average grade. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or would do anything to hurt the Patriots' chances.
AJ McCarron signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.
He brings a wealth of experience to the Giants, having appeared in 98 regular-season games, starting 95 of them.
For the Patriots, they are now left with a gaping hole on their offensive line.