The New York Giants are expected to sign offensive tackle Nate Solder, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network.
Solder will receive a four-year, $60 million contract, with a guarantee of about $35 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 6-foot-8, 325-pound Solder has spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the 2011 first round out of Colorado. He is arguably the top free-agent offensive tackle on the market, coming off a season in which he played in every game, protecting quarterback Tom Brady’s blindside.
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Solder, who turns 30 in April, is the fourth impact player to leave the Patriots, with Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis intending to sign with the Tennessee Titans, according to Schefter, and Danny Amendola leaving for the Miami Dolphins, as confirmed by ESPN and first reported by the NFL Network.
Solder was an AFC Pro Bowl alternate in 2017. It marked the first time he received a Pro Bowl invitation, although he didn’t play in the game because the Patriots were in Super Bowl LII.
Solder has played in 98 career regular-season games, with 95 starts. He has also played in 16 playoff games, starting each of those postseason contests. In 2015, he had signed a two-year. $20.62 million extension with New England.
Solder was the Patriots’ 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. He previously overcame testicular cancer, and his son, Hudson, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016 and is once again undergoing treatments.
“Nate is someone of the highest character. We all respect Nate for what he has done with Hudson and how he is always there for him,” coach Bill Belichick previously said.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.
Morocco Bid 16bn For 2026 World Cup Venues Infrastructure
Morocco says it will need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated.
With less than three months until the FIFA vote, the north African nation on Saturday presented details of its proposal to take on the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure, including large NFL stadiums already hosting events.
When FIFA insiders score the bids, infrastructure — of which half relates to stadiums — will account for 70 percent of the panel’s mark. The remaining 30 percent is based on projected costs and revenues. A high-risk bid can be disqualified before the FIFA Congress votes on June 13.
Morocco says for $3 billion it can build nine stadiums, refurbish five others and build or renovate 130 training grounds.
That is part of the $12.6 billion in public investment that also requires hospital services being upgraded in 20 cities and transport networks improved for the first 48-team World Cup.
The bid says another $3.2 billion of private investment is required to build hotels.
Morocco’s bid team told The Associated Press that the projections had been “carefully costed” but could not provide a breakdown on how the figures were reached.
Six Nations 2018 Bonus Points: How Do Rugby Teams Earn An Extra Point?
THE SIX NATIONS is underway as England look to defend their title.
Eddie Jones’ side took their 28th championship with a game to spare, but were denied a Triple Crown and Grand Slam triumph by a determined Ireland.
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In a Six Nations first, bonus points were awarded in 2017 in what was designed to be a three-year trial run.
But due to its overwhelming success in encouraging attacking, engaging rugby, that trial has now been scrapped and the system brought in permanently.
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And plenty of teams have already earned bonus points in this year’s competition.
How do you get a bonus point?
THE tournament uses a league system where the six competing nations are ranked in a table.
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They receive four points for a win, two points for a draw and nothing for a defeat.
If a team wins all their games – called a Grand Slam – they are automatically given three extra points to make sure they finish top of the pile.
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As of last year, bonus points are now awarded depending on performance during any given game.
A team will receive ONE extra point if they score four or more tries in a single match, and ONE extra point if they lose by seven or less.
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Despite the 2017 trial being a success, the bonus points collected by the six teams didn’t have a say on the overall standings.
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WALES and France will battle for the chance to finish second in Six Nations Championship, as the tournament draws to a close.
Les Bleus inflicted successive defeats on England, and put themselves in contention to finish runners-up, which would be their highest position since 2011.
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Meanwhile Warren Gatland’s side came back from their Ireland loss with a comfortable victory over Italy, but they and France will need the Irish to win the Grand Slam for either of them to claim second.
What time is kick-off?
THIS Six Nations finale will take place on Saturday, March 17.
The tie will be hosted at the Principality Stadium.
Kick-off is at 5pm.
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