2.) Nate Solder
The Nate Solder situation is a bit problematic. With his child going through cancer treatments, opting out of the 2020 season seems like a viable excuse. However, Solder would be giving up $9.9 million in base salary if he elected to miss the year. The Giants will likely cut him in 2021 with a $6.5 million dead cap hit. Sticking with the team and earning his maximum pay is the best move for him, though. I don’t believe he will opt-out, but the Giants could still elect to cut him if he under-performs during training camp.
After allowing 11 sacks and five penalties in 2019, Solder is attempting to rebound from a poor campaign. The Giants hold him in high regard, but at the end of the day, football is a business, and making monetary decisions is a part of the game. While he would count $16 million in dead cap, the Giants are better off retaining him, but if he opts-out of the season, letting him go would make the most sense. This is a very situational decision.