January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder (77) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots exercise Nate Solder’s option


 

As we near the deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year options for players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, many teams are coming to final decisions.

Some of the options are no-brainers while some teams need to think long and hard about how much time and money they want to commit to players.

In the case of New England Patriots’ offensive tackle Nate Solder, it seemed likely that he would have his option picked up.

The Patriots have indeed picked up Solder’s fifth-year option according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

 

The option should be worth somewhere between $7 and $8 million, likely landing just under $7.5 million.

After the Patriots took Solder, a former Colorado Buffalo, with the 17th overall pick in 2011, he essentially became a starter from the get-go, playing in all 16 games and making 13 starts in his rookie season. In 2012, he  started all 16 games.

Last year, he battled through concussion issues, but still played in and started 15 games.

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