Cleveland could be in need of a franchise left tackle if veteran Joe Thomas retires. Solder has spent the first seven years of his National Football League career as a starter on the New England Patriots' offensive line.
The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson wrote, "The Texans are making a serious run at New England Patriots free agent left tackle Nate Solder, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly". Netting Solder as a replacement for Thomas and then potentially adding Saquon Barkley in the draft would be quite the overhaul on that side of the ball and make Cleveland's offense pretty intriguing heading into 2018. But at least on Wednesday, the Browns will have a clearer vision of how they'll approach the rest of their offseason as they enter the new league year.
Packers signing Muhammad Wilkerson to one-year deal, per report
I'll wait to see how Wilkerson's contract comes out financially before giving the Packers an "A" grade on this signing. Wilkerson has remained a solid contributor in recent years, but the Jets didn't feel his play justified his salary.
Browns star tackle Joe Thomas has not informed the team of his future plans as Cleveland prepares to sign free agents. They would love to keep Solder, who has been Tom Brady's blindside protector for a long time. The Browns were $113 million under the salary cap before their recent flurry of transactions. Left tackles are so coveted that Solder is likely to get at least $14 million a year from the team that signs him. He has repeatedly said he'd inform the Browns before free agency, but the team had still not heard from him as of Tuesday afternoon. He noted the Patriots will have stiff competition in signing Solder because Cleveland has "a ton of money to play with".
"For us as an organization, we're going to do everything we can to be prepared whether he plays or he doesn't play and I think that's what our responsibility is".