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2018 NFL free agency rumor: Browns making “big run” at Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder

Cleveland is looking to replace Joe Thomas.

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The New England Patriots have a long list of unrestricted free agents to be. Among the players scheduled to hit the open market tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. ET is the team's starting left tackle, Nate Solder. And as the clear-cut best option at his position on the free agency market, the 29-year old is expected to garner considerable interest.

So far, the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos are among the teams to take a close look at Solder. Today, a new one is emerging according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin:

Source says Browns are making a big run at Nate Solder to replace Joe Thomas at left tackle. Patriots are going to have some stiff competition. Browns have a ton of money to play with

Cleveland has been active all offseason long and already added former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry via trade. Now, it seems as if the team is taking a swing at stabilizing its left tackle position – one that is in potential flux with the above-mentioned Joe Thomas unsure about his future.

One advantage the Browns have when compared to the Patriots is cash: While New England currently has around $21.2 million in salary cap space, Cleveland is $83.6 million under the NFL's threshold. A potential bidding war for Solder's services has the Browns as the favorites – at least in terms of financial capabilities.

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Posted by Pats Pulpit: For New England Patriots News on Tuesday, March 13, 2018