Browns reportedly targeting Nate Solder to replace Joe Thomas if he retires


Not only did the Browns acquire a bonafide playmaker in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, they also added a quarterback that can get the ball to him in Tyrod Taylor.

Along with the Patriots, the Texans and Broncos were reported to be the "head of the class" to sign the free agent left tackle on Monday.

So how do Thomas and Solder compare?

As I am typing this up, the Browns made a deal for former Steelers offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, paying him a really nice chunk of cash to come be part of their offensive line. He made the Pro Bowl 10 straight times and played 10,363 consecutive snaps before a triceps injury suffered October 22 in a game against the Titans ended his fantastic iron-man streak. He was a right tackle as a rookie. 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.

The Browns have about $78 million in salary cap room available.

Should the Patriots lose Solder in free agency, they'll likely turn their attentions to free agents LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming to fill the void.

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

New Browns general manager John Dorsey has been active in recent days overhauling the team's roster. After getting the OK from trainers he has been in the Browns facility nearly daily, working out as much as he can while going through injury rehab.

Selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Ohio State product has spent his entire career in New England. "He knows how to get himself ready to play if he decides to play".

During an onstage interview Tuesday night at an awards show in downtown Cleveland, Thomas remained noncommittal when discussing his future - a decision that has kept the Browns in limbo.

The Browns were 10-6 in Thomas' rookie year.