Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RPT: Patriots exercise fifth-year option on Solder


Nate Solder has started 44 of the 47 regular season games he’s played in for the New England Patriots over his first three NFL seasons.

That, and his ever-improving play, gave the Patriots enough reason to exercise the fifth-year option on the left tackle's contract. The move, which was expected, was first reported by CBS Sports Wednesday and confirmed by multiple media outlets.

Tom Brady’s blindside is now worth a little over $7 million in salary, and the added year allows the Patriots ample time to work out a long-term extension with Solder.

With Solder's teammate, Sebastian Vollmer, apparently on track to return in full from the broken leg he sustained last year, the Patriots have both their starting tackles locked into contracts through not only this season, but next.

NFL teams have until May 3 to exercise fifth-year options on contracts given to first-round picks in 2011.

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