"The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

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    "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

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    Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

    The anxiety from fans would have been justifiable had they not re-signed Light, but now that he's back, there is no need to rush Solder into the fire.  At the same time, the quicker he's signed and in camp, the quicker he'll be able to help the team as needed.

     
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    Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."


    I see a seperate thread discussing how much the pats have or will be under the cap with the rest of their signings. Some say $9.5M, others say they are at the cap currently. Do eitehr of you know what the correct number is? I'm just curious if we'll have enough room to possibly sign Roth or Brock.
     
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    Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

    PL,
    Below is the latest info that I can find, courtesy of Boston.com/ExtraPoints Blog: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2011/08/patriots_daily_7.html

    - ProFootballTalk.com reported the Patriots are $9.2 million under the cap, but that was as of Tuesday. That figure likely includes the $3 million veteran exception, but probably doesn't include Matt Light or BenJarvus Green-Ellis. They are probably closer to $4.5 million under the cap right now. Of course, the Patriots could open up even more cap room by getting a long-term deal worked out with guard Logan Mankins.

    Remember that teams don't spend right up to the cap to start the year. You still need room if you want to give out extensions to, for example, Wes Welker or Jerod Mayo.

    And any restructures with Chad Ochocinco (likely) or Albert Haynesworth would also clear up room, but wouldn't happen until after the CBA is ratified.

     
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    Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

    How do they figure that number?  The Pats have nearly 90 players in camp now, don't they?  Do all of those players' contracts count towards the cap currently? 1/3 of them are gonna be released by opening day.  That's a minimum of $20 million coming off the cap figure.  That can't be right...
     
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    Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

    Patriots agreed to terms with No. 17 overall pick Nate Solder on a four-year contract.

    Solder might have had a chance to start on Opening Day if not for the lockout. Instead, the Patriots committed $7 million guaranteed to bring back incumbent LT Matt Light. Solder will compete for the Patriots' "swing" tackle position while offering ultra-talented depth. He figures to be a starter by 2012.

    Depth.... you want it... Pats got it. 
     
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    Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today."

    In Response to Re: "The Patriots and OL Nate Solder are “very close” a deal… and he could practice today.":
    I am assuming even though Light signed a 2 year deal, he knows this is probably his last year here.
    Posted by RidingWithTheKing



    Or who knows, maybe hang around and take over that 'swing' tackle role himself.  Though his price tag would be high at that point for a backup.  Id expect a re-work if it gets to that.  We'll see how his year goes. 
     
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