New York Giants OT Nate Solder Opts Out Of 2020 Season

New York Giants, Nate Solder

The New York Giants have had their first player officially opt out of the 2020 NFL season: offensive tackle Nate Solder.

Nate Solder announced today that he will be opting out of the 2020 season due to serious health concerns. Nate’s son, Hudson Solder, has been fighting an ongoing battle with cancer. Hudson is at high-risk if he were to contract the coronavirus. The Solder family has also welcomed a baby boy as a new addition to the family this spring. Nate Solder has eliminated certain risks by opting out of this year’s NFL season to protect his family’s health.

Nate Solder released this official statement on Twitter below:

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous opt-outs across the NFL. Nate Solder is the twenty-sixth NFL player to opt-out of the season, the first member of the New York Giants to do so. Training camp began yesterday for the Giants. Players underwent their first round of COVID-19 testing and will continue to be tested until they are cleared to practice.

With this news, the Giants have lost one of their two starting offensive tackles. This leaves the door wide open for rookie Andrew Thomas to start immediately at left tackle in 2020. Solder opting out also frees up $19.5 million on the Giants’ 2020 salary cap. But the money does roll into 2021 and likely extends Solder’s career with the Giants.

Nate Solder’s opt-out could also have a ripple effect across the Giants’ offensive line. This creates even more uncertainty over who might start at both right tackle and center. Nick Gates could see himself take a starting role this season and rookie Matt Peart might now have a shot at the right tackle position.

Nate Solder’s family is the top priority. He has made this careful decision to protect the health of himself and his loved ones and he deserves respect and admiration for doing so.

New York Yankees: Will Aroldis Chapman Stay in New York?

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

There have been many rumors that flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman will opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees. He is currently signed with the club on a five-year, $86 million deal. Ken Rosenthal from The Athleticreported earlier this month that he spoke to a source that said Chapman will “one million percent” opt out of his deal.

Amid the rumors, Aroldis Chapman has spoken publicly that these reports are false. “The report is completely false. I haven’t even spoken to my agent about it. Like I said before, we have a big task in front of us, which is to win the division and win the World Series. That’s the main focus for me right now. Contract stuff hasn’t even crossed my mind at all” said Chapman during an interview with reporters.

Chapman has also brought the point across in a Twitter post:

Despite his recent slump and velocity decrease, Chapman is one of the best closers in baseball. He holds a 2.50 ERA with 26 saves, where he ranks third among all MLB closers this season (Baseball Reference and ESPN). Chapman has fanned 56 batters in 39.2 innings recorded.

I believe Aroldis Chapman will stay in New York. The club has everything a player desires, and he’ll definitely get paid appropriately. He also said this about New York, “the truth is, honestly, I feel really good here,” Chapman said. “There’s no reason for me to start thinking about changes or anything like that. I feel great here” (MLB.com).