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Nate Solder agrees to terms

Nate Solder, Robert Kraft AP

And then there was one.

Prince Amukamara of the Giants is the only rookie holdout left after Nate Solder agreed to terms with the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald and Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe.

Solder is expected to be at practice this afternoon.  With Matt Light re-signing in New England, the No. 17 overall pick probably won’t start barring injury in 2011.

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30 Responses to “Nate Solder agrees to terms”
  1. mike83ri says: Aug 4, 2011 3:23 PM

    My guess is Nate Solder at LT is better than Dan Connolly at RG. You’ll probably see Matt Light kick inside to LG and Logan Mankins slide over to RG this year.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 4, 2011 3:27 PM

    Prince, get ready for a royal ass kicking when you show up to camp.

  3. gcsuk says: Aug 4, 2011 3:27 PM

    No excuse for the Giants OR Amukamara now. Get it done.

  4. rc33 says: Aug 4, 2011 3:28 PM

    Finally. He’s got some catching up to do.

    6’8″ and 319 lbs. with plenty of room to add another 20-25 lbs. Most important, three years ago he was a TE at Colorado.
    If he hits…always a big if…in a couple years NE could have a 6’8″ 340 lb. left tackle with exceptional feet.
    Right about the same time, out on the Left Coast, the man he was essentially traded for (Richard Seymour) will be announcing his retirement.

  5. madamschefter says: Aug 4, 2011 3:30 PM

    Stupid agents and their stupid hold-outs.

  6. bozosforall says: Aug 4, 2011 3:32 PM

    Costanzo is way better. Colts win this one.

  7. youalldrinkhaterade says: Aug 4, 2011 3:34 PM

    Why am I not surprised it’s a Giants player? I thought rookie wage scales would prevent this from happening?

  8. nygdefenserules says: Aug 4, 2011 3:35 PM

    Should be easy for the Giants now….Take #19’s and #21’s and find the exact middle……DUH!!

    While you’re at it, trim some dead weight so you can sign Boss and Steve Smith. I know Steve may be hurt through mid-season, but you NEED him if you plan on competing in the playoffs.

  9. jetswin5straightsuperbowls says: Aug 4, 2011 3:36 PM

    Worst pick of the first round

  10. footballking5 says: Aug 4, 2011 3:38 PM

    Loved him at CU, you guys got a great player who is very athletic and still can get even bigger.

  11. ace613 says: Aug 4, 2011 3:39 PM

    No way Light moves to LG- Belichick is quoted as saying as such and Light doesnt want to move. But even if he did, why would you want to replace an All-Pro LG with someone you arent sure can even play that position?

  12. DonRSD says: Aug 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    cmon Prince!!!

  13. wazu says: Aug 4, 2011 3:44 PM

    Prince Amukamara isn’t the only rookie holdout. Chiefs are somehow facing a holdout from their 3rd round pick, Justin Houston.

  14. battlered says: Aug 4, 2011 3:48 PM

    Justin Houston the 3rd round pick of the Chiefs hasn’t signed/reported yet as well, so really there are two holdouts.

  15. jetswin5straightsuperbowls says: Aug 4, 2011 3:50 PM

    28-21 Pats fans….. K

  16. all4patriots says: Aug 4, 2011 3:51 PM

    ace613, I think what Belichick said, when Vollmer as a rookie was filling in well for an injured Light, was that Vollmer would go back to RT when Light came back, because Light has been tried at RT realy in his career with less success.

    So, LT to RT is likely not an option for Light as he ages. LT to LG may indeed be an option, though Patriot guards are usually smaller and quicker to pull better on screens.

    More likely is justa straight time share, turning over to Solder in two years, and both playing LT.

    The tackle spots seem set, anyway, short and long term. The guard positions less so, until Mankins signs. Center may need youth too in a couple of years.

  17. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 4, 2011 4:10 PM

    I don’t care how many thumbs downs it gets I’ll say it again: Put Solder on the right, and Vollmer on the left. He’s a better LT than Solder any day of the week.

  18. ossipeepats says: Aug 4, 2011 4:16 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says:Aug 4, 2011 4:10 PM
    I don’t care how many thumbs downs it gets I’ll say it again: Put Solder on the right, and Vollmer on the left. He’s a better LT than Solder any day of the week.
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    I’m not saying you’re wrong, but Vollmer regressed last year… and since we haven’t seen Solder play yet, there’s no possible way of knowing who is better.

  19. andyreidisfat says: Aug 4, 2011 4:20 PM

    IMO Solder could win the LT job this season. He reminds me a lot of Jason Peters with a lil bit more toughness.

    This was a great pick by the Hoody. I really loved him out of Colorado, he played very well against good talent in college and he is now already one of if not the most athletic LT’s in the league. The best part for him is that the AFC east doesn’t really have much pass rush to speak of. So this kid can play early on. And more than there is no big bull rushers as all the teams are 3-4 and quick speed guys is what Solder will do well against.

    I wouldn’t start him against Pitt though because either of their outside backers will bull rush him right into Brady.

    Why is a 3rd rounder not signed ?? Thats makes no sense. Whatis he holding out for another 30 grand ?? The sad part is Houston is going to be a really good player and will help the chiefs big time. He is probably still upset he fell to the third round.

  20. micronin127 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:37 PM

    Since the Pats return all 5 starters from the end of last year, they should start with that.

    Solder could be a 6th lineman on an unbalanced line or goal line set. He could play at either RT or LT and spell each Light and Vollmer for one drive per game. This would develop his flexibility to be the swing tackle should either Vollmer or Light miss a game due to injury he would have prepared to play either position.

  21. jacksaysfu says: Aug 4, 2011 4:41 PM

    Iam the farthest thing from a pats family but but their line looks preetay, preetay, pretty good.

  22. jdandcoke says: Aug 4, 2011 4:46 PM

    the Giants are one of the classiest organizations in all of sports. even giants haters would have to admit that. with that being said….sign effing prince already….this is ridiculous.

  23. bozosforall says: Aug 4, 2011 5:22 PM

    micronin127 says:
    Aug 4, 2011 4:37 PM
    Since the Pats return all 5 starters from the end of last year, they should start with that.

    Solder could be a 6th lineman on an unbalanced line or goal line set. He could play at either RT or LT and spell each Light and Vollmer for one drive per game. This would develop his flexibility to be the swing tackle should either Vollmer or Light miss a game due to injury he would have prepared to play either position.

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    Once again, uninformed Pats fan idiots. Stephen Neal, the starting RG for the Pats last year has retired. Hence, they cannot “return all five starters from last season”, unless you fudge it by pretending that his backup was really a starter (which he wasn’t, absent Neal’s injury). Get a clue, NE morons.

  24. moneymike23 says: Aug 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    Prince sucks

  25. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 4, 2011 5:55 PM

    Just like I knew he would.

  26. cheezysmegma says: Aug 4, 2011 6:42 PM

    Are you kidding? Don’t the Giants know how much those tribal royalty getups cost? By the way, I thought U.S. citizens could not hold royal titles. Just sayin’….

  27. bcgreg says: Aug 4, 2011 7:28 PM

    @ bozosforall

    Neal started 8 games. Connolly started 13. Connolly is more of a returning starter than Neal. With your logic, Mankins is not a returning starter since he only started 7 games.

    That being said, Solder lining up as a Tackle eligible on the goal line is intriguing. He did play TE in college before moving to Tackle. At 6’8″ 320, he’s a big target. Wonder if he can catch the ball. The next Vrabel?

  28. bcgreg says: Aug 4, 2011 7:39 PM

    @ bozosforall

    To clarify, Neal started the season. Connolly started the season for Mankins, who was holding out. When Mankins came back, Neal got hurt. Connolly shifted to the other Guard spot for Neal. So, Connolly was the starter for most of the season. Neal and Mankins only played in 2 games together.

    I understand where you’re coming from, but when the season ended, the Pats starters from left to right were Light, Mankins, Koppen, Connolly, and Vollmer with Connolly starting 13 games. This is the starting 5 going into this season, so the Pats are returning their 5 starting OLs.

  29. frankiefiveangels says: Aug 4, 2011 9:16 PM

    bozosforall, do they not teach reading comprehension in the Gooberville public schoools or are you just stupid? The post clearly says at the “end” of the season. If you want to see the morons or idiots you write about look in a mirror blowhole.

  30. ace613 says: Aug 5, 2011 7:09 AM

    all4patriots says:
    Aug 4, 2011 3:51 PM
    ace613, I think what Belichick said, when Vollmer as a rookie was filling in well for an injured Light, was that Vollmer would go back to RT when Light came back, because Light has been tried at RT realy in his career with less success.

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    I remember him playing RT soon after he got drafted- but I thought there was talk at one time about LG (before Mankins)- Light scoffed at the idea. A reporter asked Belichick at one of his PC and he said that it wouldnt be a good fit. Going back a couple years.

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