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W&M's Chris Durant a fixture at coveted left tackle spot

W&M's Chris Durant a fixture at coveted left tackle spot

You wouldn’t need help from Google to correctly guess the highest-paid player on the New England Patriots’ roster. Spoiler alert: It’s Tom Brady.

But the next-highest salary might surprise you. It’s not Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty or even Rob Gronkowski. It’s Nate Solder, the Patriots’ seventh-year left tackle. That’s how much the defending Super Bowl champions value protecting Brady’s blind side.

Linemen rarely get any glory, but when they do, it’s usually the left tackle. Chris Durant, who has started 23 consecutive games at the position, knows that.

Even if he doesn’t buy it.

“At the next level, you see the left tackles getting the big bucks and all that...

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