UPDATED: The offer Nate Solder received from the Giants was not, as reported, similar to the offer he received from the Patriots:
The Patriots made a solid offer last week to Solder that would have made him among highest-paid. But their offer wasn't equal to NYG so he meant either Texans or Browns. https://t.co/wUEBXOSUsH— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 16, 2018
An earlier Tweet by a New York reporter indicated that the Pats' offer was in the same neighborhood as the four-year, $62 million deal he got from the Giants that made him the NFL's highest-paid offensive lineman:
Nate Solder said that the Giants and Patriots offered somewhat equal money.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) March 16, 2018
But Solder actually meant he had received similar offers from Houston and Denver, the other two teams pursuing him.
Curran had earlier reported that a week before Solder took the Giants offer, the Patriots had made a "solid" offer to Solder, the left tackle who turns 30 in April.
Maybe slide an offer across the table to him before other teams can swoop in and make him the highest-paid LT. That wasn't done. https://t.co/xYXvhiT9gY— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 14, 2018
I should have said "WELL before other teams can swoop in and make him the highest-paid LT..." The Patriots made what was described as a "solid" offer to Solder a week ago. So it's incorrect to state no offer was made prior to free agency. Point remains team wasn't very proactive https://t.co/aKXo3K5qv0— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 14, 2018
"It was a tough decision," Solder told the assembled media, including NJ.com. "There were three really good teams that were in the running [the Giants, Texans and Broncos]. It came down to a couple things. The money was all somewhat equal. It came down to where my family was most comfortable. My wife's family lives here. This organization is incredible . . . About 2 a.m., we kind of worked out a deal, took our time figuring out what we were going to do, and we are fortunate to be where we are at."
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