Money is holdup for Solder and other holdouts

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Money is holdup for Solder and other holdouts

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
What's the holdup with Nate Solder? His agent, David Dunn, has maintained radio silence throughout the negotiations, but we're getting a better idea. According to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overshot the amount of money they were on the hook to pay to 20th pick Adrian Clayborn. Florio writes, "Clayborn not only surpassed the total compensation pegged for him under the pick-by-pick wage formula, but Clayborn also overshot the amount allocated for (Giants draft pick Prince) Amukamara at No. 19."Florio adds that, "The Giants have more than enough money remaining after paying all other draft picks to give Amukamara more than Clayborn. By our calculations, the Giants can overshoot Amukamaras projected total value of 8.18 million by nearly 600,000. Whether they can and whether they will are two different issues, however."The Amukamara standoff is causing Liuget to wait, which in turn is causing Solder to wait."Florio says that the battle over how many years are guaranteed in these rookie deals is dead. The four guaranteed years Clayborn got at 20 and Phil Taylor ostensibly got at 21 from Cleveland makes it near impossible for the teams who drafted players ahead of them to have non-guaranteed years in their deals. Still, the Patriots have always marched to their own business sense on draft choices. They were the pretty much the only ones trying to tie up rookie first-rounders for six years until the NFL basically outlawed deals for that term. Something tells me, regardless of what the Bucs and Browns do, they'll give Solder four years guaranteed if they choose to.

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Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”