Money is holdup for Solder and other holdouts


Money is holdup for Solder and other holdouts

By Tom E. Curran 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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Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions


Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions

The Patriots acquired Kyle Van Noy, who was the Lions’ 2014 second-round pick and starting linebacker this season, on Tuesday. 

Why former Pats executive Bob Quinn would send a starter East for what is reportedly just a conditional draft pick is something we’ll try to ferret out.

The Patriots were no doubt interested because they lost Jonathan Freeny to IR with an injury, rookie Elandon Roberts is an undersized thumper (Van Noy is 6-3, 252) and Shea McClellin is well, just… there so far.

Van Noy has two years remaining on his rookie deal so -- provided he shows something -- he could be around awhile. The move -- one week before the trade deadline -- is a familiar one from the Patriots who added players like Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers in 2014 prior to their Super Bowl run.

This story from last season indicates that Van Noy’s lack of production in his first two seasons with the Lions was merely a matter of circumstance. 

Perhaps. We’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, the name Van Noy made me perk up because I remembered him as having a central role in the excellent book The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

Read the excerpt on Van Noy here. It will give you a better understanding of the road he’s traveled.

Report: Patriots trade for Lions LB Kyle Van Noy


Report: Patriots trade for Lions LB Kyle Van Noy

The Patriots have added more depth at linebacker, and they've reached out to an old friend to do it.

According to ESPN, the team has agreed to a deal with the Lions in order to acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The compensation has not yet been disclosed. 

Van Noy, who was a second-round pick out of BYU, is listed at 6-foot-3, 243 pounds. He played 36 snaps in Detroit's win over Washington on Sunday, recording two tackles.

The Patriots lost depth at linebacker when veteran Jonathan Freeny landed on injured reserve with a shoulder issue before New England's Week 6 game in Cleveland. Van Noy will fill in behind Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, providing insurance alongside rookie Elandon Roberts, Barkevious Mingo and Shea McClellin. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich has also seen time at linebacker this season. 

Collins and Hightower have both dealt with health issues over the last two seasons, often pressing reserves into action. Collins returned to the field over the weekend after missing Week 6 with a hip issue. Hightower missed Weeks 2 and 3 due to a knee injury he suffered in Week 1 against the Cardinals. 

Van Noy has played in 30 games since entering the league. His seven career starts have all come this season. He has 32 career tackles and one sack. Going into the draft in 2014, the All-Independent Defensive Player of the Year was viewed as a stand-out athlete with good quickness, a high football IQ and an ability to run with backs and tight ends in coverage. 

That the Patriots and Lions were able to work out a deal comes as little surprise. Detriot general manager Bob Quinn has a close relationship with Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio as he worked in New England from 2000-2015. Quinn began with the team as a personnel assistant, worked his way up the ladder, and from 2012 through 2015 he served as the director of pro scouting.