No. 1: Go All Out for Patriots Offensive Tackle Nate Solder
The 49ers are going to have to overpay for a talented offensive lineman on the free-agent market, but the good news is they’re equipped to do so.
San Francisco has money, though, so overspending shouldn’t be too big an issue.
New England Patriots offensive tackle could easily wind up being the most sought-after O-line free agent this offseason. He’s wrapping up the final season of a $20.06 two-year extension in New England this year and will hit the market in 2018 just before his 30th birthday.
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The Patriots aren’t known for overspending on free agents set to hit the market, and it seems more likely they’d be looking to find someone younger and cheaper.
Yet the Niners can afford to be aggressive, pulling in Solder on a deal worth around $11 million per year.
This would, of course, create something of a logjam at left tackle — the position both Solder and Joe Staley would play.
But if the loser of this competition would be willing to bump out to right tackle, that’s a competition the Niners would like to have.
OK, so these are just a few options San Francisco might pursue in 2018. And all of them aren’t going to happen. Heck, none of them might.
However, just one of these moves would provide a very serious upgrade to San Francisco offensive line needing all the help it can get between now and 2018.