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Nate Solder's farewell letter to Patriots

markky : 4/13/2018 7:56 am
is mostly about his family's struggles with his son's illness.

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someone posted this the other day...  
Capt. Don : 4/13/2018 8:01 am : link
great read. Very easy guy to root for.

thanks for posting.
If the Patriots offer was comparable, I still donít understand why  
Ivan15 : 4/13/2018 8:14 am : link
he left. Was it really worth a couple of million $ to be recognized as the highest paid OT in the NFL?
about 10 posts down  
Boatie Warrant : 4/13/2018 8:19 am : link
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RE: If the Patriots offer was comparable, I still donít understand why  
DonQuixote : 4/13/2018 9:03 am : link
In comment 13912443 Ivan15 said:
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he left. Was it really worth a couple of million $ to be recognized as the highest paid OT in the NFL?


I had that same question after reading the article...I thought there must be something else, but maybe it is just the money. I mean, that's fine, I'd move cities for an extra few million.
if we offered a bit more per year  
UConn4523 : 4/13/2018 9:04 am : link
and a few more million guaranteed, than there's your answer. He's also won a title and some people want a new challenge. Maybe he likes NY. Maybe there's too much tension/uncertainty in NE?

Tons of potential reasons.
RE: if we offered a bit more per year  
Diver_Down : 4/13/2018 9:13 am : link
In comment 13912522 UConn4523 said:
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and a few more million guaranteed, than there's your answer. He's also won a title and some people want a new challenge. Maybe he likes NY. Maybe there's too much tension/uncertainty in NE?

Tons of potential reasons.


To add to your last point, Solder alludes to the "cold" atmosphere of the Patriots organization. He stated that depending on how you practiced that day or answered a question would depend on how you were treated that day. One day you are a pro-bowler, the next you feel like you can be cut.

Not to say the "all business" approach is wrong as the Patriots have the hardware to back up their program, but it can wear on a person. Nate has already won 2 rings and is recognized league wide for his abilities. I'm not insinuating that he came just for the money and not to be challenged. But with the equal/better medical care for Hudson and a new environment, it can be the necessary incentive to reinvigorate a player.
I am not sure how it all works in the NFL  
mdthedream : 4/13/2018 9:31 am : link
but seeing a OT only plays so long and you are looking at health issues a couple million dollars can go a long way in medical expenses. Also he feels the best thing for his own mind and family might be to get out of that environment.
RE: I am not sure how it all works in the NFL  
UConn4523 : 4/13/2018 9:33 am : link
In comment 13912580 mdthedream said:
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but seeing a OT only plays so long and you are looking at health issues a couple million dollars can go a long way in medical expenses. Also he feels the best thing for his own mind and family might be to get out of that environment.


Of course it can. I don't care how much these guys make. Ever dollar counts for most of the non Brady/Payton Manning type of players.
I think  
The Dude : 4/13/2018 9:55 am : link
a few more mil per year, GTD, and great NY hospitals all helped.

In terms of changing teams, he couldn't have asked for much of a closer move.
he left because of Hudson  
Big Blue in MD : 4/13/2018 10:51 am : link
With the tumors returning the care he needs is in NYC. the hospitals, the cancer care, is here, and the main impetus for him leaving. Did you read the entire article?
RE: he left because of Hudson  
BigBlue2007 : 4/14/2018 1:28 am : link
In comment 13912752 Big Blue in MD said:
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With the tumors returning the care he needs is in NYC. the hospitals, the cancer care, is here, and the main impetus for him leaving. Did you read the entire article?


Bostonís Childrenís Hospital is the #1 Childrenís Hospital in the country according to US News. Dana Farber is the 4th best Cancer Specialty Hospital in the country. He didnít leave New England because NY hospitals are better. He left New England for money and football reasons.
He left NE for many reasons  
UConn4523 : 4/14/2018 12:22 pm : link
but he specifically talks about 90 minutes drives for chemo. Assuming he moves to Manhattan heís have essentially no commute for medical attention and even Westchester would be a half hour.

I donít necessarily think it was for better care but it sounds like distance played a factor.
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