Nate Solder is putting the family on football after defeating his faith.
As his veteran teammate reported the training camp on Tuesday, Solder informed the team that he will opt out of the 2020 season, as announced on his Instagram. The two-way opt-out clause for COVID-19 security was agreed last week by the NFL and its Players Association, with the Solder casting a vote as the union’s representative. of the giants.
Solder, 32, is a testicular cancer survivor and father of a 5-year-old boy, Hudson, who was diagnosed with a rare Wilms tumor at three months. Hudson underwent surgery to remove a tumor last fall and had his third round of chemotherapy last fall.
Like Solder, Patriots tackle offensive Marcus Cannon is a cancer survivor he doesn’t choose, while Steelers running back James Conner is a survivor he chose. There is no unanimous response to how to handle the circumstances, although a higher body mass index (expected at 300 lin-pounds) is identified as a risk factor.
Solder can earn $ 350,000 and NFL-credited season toward medical insurance and benefits because it’s high-risk. His contract essentially expires for a year and the $ 19.5 million team with a hit salary cap comes off the books in 2020 and transfers to 2021, with the last year before the free agency is pushed to the end. 2022.
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There is a $ 150,000 stipend payment to be repaid to players who choose not to be considered high risk. The Patriots have six players in the league who have opted out.
Although he will come out of the season accidentally disappointing, Solder was expected to start on the left or right attack, facing first-round rookie pick Andrew Thomas. With Solder out, the Giants will turn to veteran traveler Cam Fleming, third-round pick rookie Matt Peart or the remnants of free agency.
Fleming has 26 career starts over six seasons with the Patriots and Cowboys and is the only player on the roster familiar with head coach Joe Judge’s triumvirate, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and linebacker coach Marc Colombo.
The salary cap free space allows the Giants to run after a late spill in a weak zone such as a pass-rusher (Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen remain available) or a cornerback. DeAndre Baker is mounted on the Commissioner’s Relief List without practice (pending appeal) as Logan Ryan and Dre Kirkpatrick remain available.
The deeply religious Soldier and his wife are relentless in their charitable efforts, especially when it comes to enhancing children’s lives. He was nominated for the 2019 Giants for the Walter Man Pay of the Year Award.
Players have seven days to choose after the pending ratification of the amended Collective Bargaining Agreement, so the first deadline is 4 August.