Wednesday September 9th, 2015

Nate Solder signed a two-year, $20.62 million contract extension with the New England Patriots, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The contract will put Solder under team control through 2017.

As a condition of Solder's contract extension, the Patriots cannot use a franchise tag or a transition tag on him.

Solder was voted one of the Patriots' captains on Tuesday. The offensive lineman is new to the captain role along with offensive guard Ryan Wendell. The newcomers join returning captains Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo, Rob Ninkovich and Matthew Slater.

Solder is in his fifth season with the Patriots after they selected him with the 17th pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Suspicions of Bill Belichick's Patriots regime persist among opponents.

- Xandria James

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