Solder has played his entire seven-year career with the New England Patriots after being drafted by the team in the first round of the 2011 draft.
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The Browns got heavily involved in the offensive-line market last offseason and might be doing so again, as they are reportedly in talks with former Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder, according to a report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Teams across the league are using the in-between period to pursue the Patriots' unrestricted free agents. Giardi also reported that the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans appear to be the frontrunners to sign him. As Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com noted, Thomas, 33, has yet to inform the Browns if he will play in 2018 or retire. The team is considering Nate Solder if the All-Pro does not return to the Browns. Even after adding three players in a series of trades this week, the Browns have $82 million in cap space.More news: Bengals swap first-round picks with Bills for LT Cordy Glenn
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. They signed swing tackle Donald Stephenson to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, but they won't want him in the starting lineup unless it's in case of emergency. He is considering retirement in after 12 seasons in the National Football League, and is waiting on the Brown's attempt to sign Solder. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tied Lewis to the 49ers, Jets, Titans, and Colts, while noting that the 27-year-old's price-point may far exceed what the Patriots are used to spending at the position.More news: Toys R Us is said to miss vendor payments as woes mount