According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Cleveland Browns are “making a big run at Nate Solder.” Volin also adds that they are making that run “to replace Joe Thomas at left tackle,” but that portion of the statement might just be an assumption on his part.
Source says Browns are making a big run at Nate Solder to replace Joe Thomas at left tackle. Patriots are going to have some stiff competition. Browns have a ton of money to play with— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 13, 2018
Solder has been with the Patriots since 2011, starting 95 games. He’s been a solid and stable left tackle, but not an elite one like Thomas. He’s never made the Pro Bowl or an All-Pro team (although part of that could be due to Joe Thomas hogging those awards every year).
If the Browns land Solder, they could be looking for him to start at right tackle until Thomas retires (although it certainly would be nice if he announced a decision pretty soon).