Teams always end up over-paying free agents; Andrew Norwell, a left guard who earned $2.7 million from Carolina last year, has a five-year, $66.5 million contract with Jacksonville in place.
The Browns got heavily involved in the offensive-line market last offseason and might be doing so again, as they are reportedly in talks with former Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder, according to a report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Monday Morning Quarterback's Albert Beer tweeted out Tuesday afternoon that the Giants are going after Solder. With the legal tampering underway, I'd certainly expect Solder be connected to a numerous amount of teams, including the Texans.
Houston has another hole to fill at left tackle.
The market for Nate Solder is really ramping up with NFL Free Agency just a day away.
"I've seen him putting (weight) back on now here recently, but he's Joe", Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters at the Combine earlier this month. Solder said that he prefers to stay with the Patriots, but the Browns would be able to offer him money that the Patriots simply couldn't offer.More news: Windows 10 'Patch Tuesday' updates for March now rolling out
Solder started every game at left tackle for the Patriots in 2017. In addition to the Giants, Solder is also being pursued by the Browns, Broncos, Texans and of course, the team he's spent his entire career with, the New England Patriots.
Thomas, in the final year of his contract, will make $10.3 million in base salary if he plays in 2018.
The Browns' pursuit of Solder will undoubtedly make it hard for him to pass up their offer.
The Giants are in desperate need to rebuild their offensive line.
New England has reached an agreement to re-sign Ebner to a two-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Hubbard primarily plays right tackle, but he gives the Browns more options in case Thomas retires.