New York Giants Nate Solder
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

After losing out on Andrew Norwell, the New York Giants are setting their sights on left tackle Nate Solder in free agency.

Free agency has not started out the way the New York Giants and its fan base would have liked. After being connected to All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell for the past few months, the Giants saw Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars swoop in and sign the former Carolina Panthers guard on Tuesday to a five-year deal for $66.5 million per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

With losing out on Norwell, the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman have reportedly shifted their gears and are one of the teams in pursuit of New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder.

Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Beer tweeted out Tuesday afternoon that the Giants are going after Solder.

Solder is rated as the best offensive tackle available by many, including’s Gregg Rosenthal, in free agency this offseason.

Drafted No. 17 overall by the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft, Solder has been the starting left tackle for New England since the 2012 season.

Solder started every game at left tackle for the Patriots in 2017. During the Patriots’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Solder played very well against a vaunted Eagles pass rush, giving up no sacks in the game.

It will be tough for the Giants to sign Solder.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Solder prefers to stay with the Patriots, but is prepared to leave if New England’s offer isn’t competitive with the other offers he receives in free agency.

According to Spotrac, Solder could command up to $13.2 million a year in his new contract.

Norwell is averaging $13.3 million a year in his new deal with the Jaguars, so Solder, a tackle could look makeup to $14 million a year in his deal.

The Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans are other teams that have been reported in the hunt for Solder.

The Giants are in desperate need to rebuild their offensive line.

Along with Norwell, former center Weston Richburg is also off the market, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Richburg has agreed to a five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Fan-favorite Justin Pugh is still on the market for the Giants, if they want to re-sign him.

Local Youth Players To Learn From the Best: Justin Pugh, Devin McCourty and More 1
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Other options on the offensive line for the Giants in free agency are Ryan Jensen, Josh Sitton, Joe Berger and Nick Easton.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ right tackle Chris Hubbard is another nice option for the Giants as well reports ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

Follow Steven Bassin on Twitter @SBassin_Sports