EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After one season out of football, Nate Solder is returning to the Giants and the NFL.
The Giants announced today that Solder has signed a new contract and will rejoin the team's offensive line.
Solder, 32, opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a testicular cancer survivor and his five-year-old son, Hudson, has been undergoing treatment for kidney cancer since he was an infant. In addition, Solder and his wife, Lexi, last spring welcomed a baby boy, Emerson.
After joining the Giants as a free agent on March 16, 2018, Solder started 32 consecutive games at left tackle. He missed only 57 of 2,037 offensive snaps, all of them in his second season. The 2019 season was the third in a row and the sixth in his career in which he played in every game and the fifth time he started each game.
In his absence last season, Andrew Thomas, the Giants' first-round draft choice in 2020, played left tackle, where he appeared in every game with 15 starts. Cam Fleming, who started all 16 games at right tackle, is a free agent. Promising second-year pro Matt Peart, a third-round selection last year, is a candidate to play that position. Solder last played on the right side as a rookie with New England in 2011, when he started 13 games there, including two in the postseason.
Solder played his first seven NFL seasons with the Patriots, for whom he played in four Super Bowls, winning two. Solder has started 127 of the 130 regular-season games and all 16 postseason games in which he's played.
Solder is a two-time nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, in 2017 with New England and 2019 with the Giants.
*In addition to Solder, the Giants formally announced the signing of wide receiver C.J. Board, defensive tackle Austin Johnson and long snapper Casey Kreiter.
In his first season with the Giants in 2019, Board played in 14 games with four starts. He caught 11 passes for 101 yards, with a long reception of 16 yards. Board missed two games with a concussion.
Board joined the Giants on Aug. 13, two days after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his debut season with Jacksonville in 2019, Board played in four games and caught two passes for 31 yards, including a 23-yarder.
Johnson, 26, played in all 16 games as a reserve on the defensive line last season. He could see more playing time this year after the departure of Dalvin Tomlinson, who signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson collected 18 tackles (eight solo), 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss, one pass defensed and his first career forced fumble.
Kreiter, who joined the Giants last year after four seasons with the Denver Broncos, was the snapper on punts and placekicks in all 16 games.
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