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

New England Patriots Exercise 5th Year Option On Tackle Nate Solder

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder (77) lines up against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New England Patriots exercised offensive tackle Nate Solder’s fifth year option on his contract yesterday.

This is a great move for the Pats, as it secures Solder for the next two seasons. Protecting Tom Brady is the number one thing the Patriots have to do every Sunday, and it all starts with the left tackle. Yes, Solder had a few slip-ups in 2013, but there isn’t a left tackle in the world that can play a perfect season. There aren’t many guys in this league that can pass protect as well as Solder can, and he continues to prove why he is one of the best draft picks Bill Belichick has ever made.

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