Nate Solder, OT, age 29
The Patriots drafted Nate Solder with their first round selection in the 2011 draft. As a rookie, Solder started thirteen games at right tackle for New England. In 2012, the Patriots moved him to left tackle as the successor to three-time Pro Bowler, Matt Light.
Solder started in 47 games for New England between 2012 and 2014, missing only one contest in three seasons. He started at left tackle in Super Bowl XLIX, playing every offensive snap and forfeiting one sack. In 2015, Solder started four games for the Patriots until a torn bicep in his right arm cut his season short.
A hamstring injury kept Solder out of the Patriots 2016 season debut against Arizona, although he started the every game through the remainder of the season. In the 2014 AFC Championship against Indianapolis, he caught his first touchdown.
New England addressed the offensive tackle position twice in this year’s draft, taking Troy’s Tony Garcia and UCLA’s Conor McDermott. Solder has one year remaining on his contract and is expected to hit free agency next March. The Patriots will develop Garcia over the 2017 season, grooming him into Solder’s successor.