New England Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder has signed a new deal with the current Super Bowl champions.
The 27-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension with the team worth $20.1 million, according to NFL.com, keeping him with the Patriots until 2017. The deal also includes a clause where the AFC East side cannot use a franchise or transition tag on him after 2017 either.
The deal includes $20 million fully guaranteed to the offensive tackle, and the possibility to earn $1.5 million in Pro Bowl incentives over the next three years.
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Solder was set to play out his fifth-year option with the Patriots, but this deal means he no longer has to.
Solder was drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2011 draft and has since solidified himself as a key part of the offensive line that protects their quarterback Tom Brady. He has played in all but one game during his four years so far in the league, starting 60 out of a possible 63.
Solder has announced himself as one of the best tackles in the game, but isn't just any ordinary offensive line though, he is also a playmaker with a touchdown to his name. The 27-year-old scored this 16-yard touchdown reception during the infamous AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in last season's playoffs.
The offensive tackle was also announced as one of the team's captains for the 2015 season this week as well. Other captains this year for the Patriots include Brady, Matthew Slater, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Rob Ninkovich, and Ryan Wendell.