The 6-foot-8, 325-pound Solder has spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the 2011 first round out of the University of Colorado. He is arguably the top free-agent offensive tackle on the market, coming off a season in which he played in every game, protecting quarterback Tom Brady‘s blindside.
Solder is the fourth impact player to leave the Patriots, with Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis intending to sign with the Tennessee Titans, according to Schefter, and Danny Amendola leaving for the Miami Dolphins, as confirmed by ESPN and first reported by the NFL Network.
Solder was an AFC Pro Bowl alternate in 2017. It marked the first time he’s received a Pro Bowl invitation, although he didn’t play in the game because the Patriots were in Super Bowl LII.
Solder has played in 98 career regular-season games, with 95 starts. He has also played in 16 playoff games, starting each of those postseason contests. In 2015, he had signed a two-year. $20.62 million extension with New England.
Solder was the Patriots’ 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. He previously overcame testicular cancer, and his son, Hudson, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016 and is once again undergoing treatments.
“Nate is someone of the highest character. We all respect Nate for what he has done with Hudson and how he is always there for him,” coach Bill Belichick previously said.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.