Browns to consider pursuing Nate Solder, still waiting on Joe Thomas

New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Mass. Sunday Nov. 13 2016

Report: Broncos appear to be among frontrunners for Nate Solder

To this point in the offseason, the Cleveland Browns have yet to be informed whether or not Joe Thomas will return for a 12th season with the team. The Texans started five players at the position in 2017 and the two-time Super Bowl champion would be a potential upgrade over any combination of Kendall Lamm, Julien Davenport, Chris Clark, Jeff Allen, and Breno Giacomini.

New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder has been a popular guy this offseason and has drawn interest from numerous teams - the Cleveland Browns are the latest on the list, according to Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

The Browns' pursuit of Solder will undoubtedly make it hard for him to pass up their offer.

Thomas has been mulling whether to continue his playing career since the 10-time Pro Bowler suffered a torn left triceps injury on October 22.

Houston has $65 million in salary cap space, fifth most in the NFL.

The 33-year-old Thomas has said several times that he planned to give the Browns a decision before the start of free agency, which began on Monday with the "legal tampering" period and picks up steam when teams can begin signing players at 4 p.m. Wednesday. After being connected to All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell for the past few months, the Giants saw Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars swoop in and sign the former Carolina Panthers guard on Tuesday to a five-year deal for $66.5 million per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fan-favorite Justin Pugh is still on the market for the Giants, if they want to re-sign him.

I don't think they're going to have Hubbard protecting their quarterback's blind side either.

Solder has been pursued by numerous teams, including the Patriots in attempt to re-sign him.

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