Croston played left and right tackle at Iowa but only was on the field for eight offensive snaps during the 2017 season after coming to the team as an undrafted free agent. Those reasons are more akin to a Brinks truck, rather than a snow plow.
Thomas has said several times that he planned to give the Browns a decision before the start of free agency, which began on Monday with the "legal tampering" period and picks up steam when teams can begin signing players at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Solder's contract is expected to be a four-year deal worth $60 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. They were put into quite a predicament with so many teams going hard after Solder, and made a decision to stick to their principles and not overpay.
The Patriots have already lost Danny Amendola, Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis to free agency.
Denver tried to trade for Miami Dolphins right tackle Ja'Wuan James on Tuesday but their interest was turned down. In the event another team offers Solder around $13 million a year, the question then becomes will the Patriots come close in matching that? New England drafted him in the 2011 first round out of the University of Colorado.
Bills trade Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati to move up in 1st round
This move gets the Bills in much better position to jump up into the top five picks of the first round and land a top quarterback. He was then placed on the season-ending injured reserve in Week 15 after being unable to play in five straight weeks before that.
In Solder, the Giants signed the best left tackle on the market. In 2018, his value was particularly evident.
Nate Solder has spent his entire National Football League career protecting Tom Brady's blind side.
Solder was an AFC Pro Bowl alternate in 2017. Bill Belichick's fondness for special teams is well-known, and the coach had high praise for the player before the team's eventual win in Super Bowl XLIX. Veteran guard John Jerry, who started all 16 games last season, is under contract.
Lewis joins a backfield already featuring Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor from Alabama, who had bided his time behind Murray his first two seasons. $20.62 million extensions with New England.
Ereck Flowers is not going anywhere, other than a new position.