Today, the Giants addressed a need that should've been addressed two years ago with the signing of left tackle Nate Solder. Solder has played his entire career with the New England Patriots. If he's good enough to protect Tom Brady than I trust him to protect my quarterback. Yes, that's my evaluation of the signing. We all knew the Giants needed to bring in an established guy to secure a spot in this line that has been disastrous the past few seasons. This move will send Erick Flowers to right tackle, the position he was meant to play all along. After whiffing on Andrew Norwell yesterday, the Giants were definitely feeling pressure to sign one of the few good offensive lineman in this free agent class. Did they overpay Solder? Probably, 4 years $60 million is a lot of money, however if he does his job to level we expect, it'll be money well spent. When you add players through free agency odds are you're going to overspend.
That wasn't the only move the Giants made to address the offensive line. Giants also attached a second round tender to restricted free agent Brett Jones. Jones filled in at center for Weston Richburg once he was placed on IR this past season. Jones did a solid job showing lots of promise along the way. By attaching the second round tender to Jones no team will sign him now and the Giants will get to keep him for less than $3 million this season. Now, we have a left tackle, a center, and right tackle in place for next year. Meaning the two guard positions are all that's left to fill to save our offensive line. I swear to God if I see that we are going to let Jon Jerry start for us this season at guard we might as well just call it quits on the season right now. Dude is a revolving door no matter where he plays on the line.
You know it's bad when I'm writing blogs about the Giants offensive line signings because they're doing nothing else to improve the team. Yeah we signed Johnathan Stewart, but he's so past his prime I'm just going to ignore the fact we brought him in to be Rashad Jennings part 2. The Browns did sign Carlos Hyde today. Most of you might be thinking why does that matter. Well, if they're bringing in Hyde they clearly aren't going to be taking Saquon Barkley with the #1 overall pick. This means the Giants are back to being the favorites of drafting this franchise changing running back. Gettleman said he loves to run the ball and lord knows Eli could use a run game to lean on. I'm smelling a perfect storm brewing in the distance and I'm getting very excited.