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Giants’ Nate Solder intends to play following 2020 opt-out

The New York Giants have a slew of roster decisions to make in the next few weeks and months and one of them surrounds their second highest-paid player, left tackle Nate Solder.

Solder, who opted out of the 2020 season, has a cap number of $ 16.5 million for 2021 and $ 18 million for 2022. His four-year, $ 62 million deal should be headed into its final year but the opt-out passed that deal so instead, he’s only going into year three.

It’s no wonder the 32-year old Solder has intimated that he plans on playing in 2021 “as long as the situation is right,” per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

Not quite sure what that means but it sounds like he feels the ball is in his court in regards to his future. It is not. The Giants can release him even though it will be costly. Renegotiating his contract only kicks the can down the road to be reckoned with later. That is if he would even sign such an extension.

Solder has, in effect, been replaced by Andrew Thomas, the Giants’ top selection in last year’s NFL draft and with the Giants in a salary-cap crunch, is a prime candidate to be released, most likely after June 1st.

“The Giants now have a decision to make if they are going to move forward with Solder,” wrote Raanan. “They would save $ 6 million this season against the salary cap if he’s released, and $ 10 million if they made it a post-June 1 cut.”

The latter won’t help the Giants much in free agency, however, as it begins on March 17 and they have to have sufficient salary cap space to bring in any new contracts. They are currently $ 1 million over the cap.

Solder is no longer considered a starting left tackle in this league and for the Giants to carry him on the books at that salary is highly unlikely to say the least. The decision must come soon with Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson seeking to cash in this spring in free agency.

Giants Wire