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Giants Offensive Tackle Nate Solder to Return this Season

Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Nate Solder stated his intentions to play in the NFL again after a year of absence. Solder opted out of the 2020 season due to personal concerns with COVID-19.

His children played a big part in his decision as he has two young children with his wife. One is a newborn, and his eldest son previously battled cancer, putting both more at risk from COVID.

According to ESPN, Solder informed the media outlet of his decision via phone call this week.

Despite his will to play, it is uncertain whether he will be in a Giants uniform next season. The Giants have not communicated how they want to proceed with Solder and if he is a part of the team’s future.

Solder’s contract dictated a $10 million payout for the 2021 season. This sum will be one of the biggest factors in determining the Giants’ course of action.

The franchise has a big decision to make regarding Solder’s future as they used last year’s draft to pick two offensive tackles. Andrew Thomas was selected 4th, and Matt Peart came in the 3rd round. Both had consistent reps with the team this year, but the Giants finished a measly 6-10.

Their 6-10 record also came in the league’s worst division, ripe with uncertainty and player speculation in the NFC East.

Solder spent 7 years with Tom Brady and the Patriots, where he won 2 Super Bowls before his time in New York.

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