Seattle Seahawks fans who wanted the team to extend left tackle Duane Brown may not be happy with the way the offensive line market is exploding, likely making Brown much more expensive to extend. Just a year after former Seahawk Russell Okung signed a contract with the highest APY of any offensive lineman in history, and barely more than 24 hours after Andrew Norwell snuck past the mark Okung set, Nate Solder absolutely destroyed the market.
Giants are expected to give former Patriots’ LT Nate Solder a four-year, $60 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
As if $15M per year was note enough, there are conflicting reports on the exact value of the contract, as Ian Rapoport lists the contract value just a tiny bit higher.
The #Giants are signing LT Nate Solder to a 4-year deal worth $62M, source said, with $35M guaranteed. The highest paid OL in the NFL.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2018
In short, just a year ago Russell Okung had the highest APY of any offensive lineman in the NFL at $13.25M. Tuesday he slipped to second behind Norwell’s $13.3M, and Wednesday he slipped all the way to third place when Solder agreed to a deal at either $15M or $15.5M per year.
Seattle left tackle Duane Brown is likely sitting at home smiling, as he awaits the possibility of extension discussions with John Schneider and Pete Carroll. With the price of quality free agent offensive linemen skyrocketing, this will be a situation worth watching. In particular because Solder became the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history without ever having made either an All Pro team or even a Pro Bowl team. Brown, in contrast, is a four time Pro Bowler who also boasts an All Pro selection on his resume.
Free agency hasn’t even officially started and the contracts being handed out by teams are simply mind boggling. Things should stay interesting in the coming days.