Browns Rumors: Cleveland Targeting Patriots' Nate Solder to Replace Joe Thomas

To this point in the offseason, the Cleveland Browns have yet to be informed whether or not Joe Thomas will return for a 12th season with the team.

Solder has played his entire seven-year career with the New England Patriots after being drafted by the team in the first round of the 2011 draft.

After last week's trade frenzy, the Cleveland Browns are looking to make some noise on the free-agent market.

About an hour after a report of their interest in former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Zach Fulton, comes this report of their pursuit of former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder. He made the Pro Bowl 10 straight times and played 10,363 consecutive snaps before a triceps injury suffered October 22 in a game against the Titans ended his awesome iron-man streak. They would love to keep Solder, who has been Tom Brady's blindside protector for a long time.

Solder has been pursued by numerous teams, including the Patriots in attempt to re-sign him.

As the top offensive tackle on the free agent market, Nate Solder will undoubtedly sign a lucrative contract within the next week. He has been linked to the Texans and Broncos, according to Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston. The Browns were $113 million under the salary cap before their recent flurry of transactions.

It was just a year ago that Cleveland made Kevin Zeitler the highest-paid guard in National Football League history.

I don't think they're going to have Hubbard protecting their quarterback's blind side either.

The Browns were 10-6 in Thomas' rookie year.

New Browns general manager John Dorsey has been active in recent days overhauling the team's roster.