A closer look at what Matt Light’s new deal means for Patriots
|07.31.11 at 10:55 pm ET|
Left tackle Matt Light has agreed to a two-year contract with the Patriots, according to The Boston Globe. The 33-year-old Light, who was selected in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Patriots, has spent his entire 10-year career with New England, and has been a part of three Super Bowl champions.
The terms of the agreement were not revealed, but it’s safe to say that two things led to the return of the Purdue product: One, after New England selected left tackle Nate Solder in the first round of the 2011 draft, it was believed that Light’s days in New England were numbered. However, the lockout kept the rookie out of the facility over the entire offseason — in fact, he’s not in camp as of yet, having not yet agreed to a rookie deal — which means Solder will need more time than usual to get acclimated to protecting Tom Brady‘s blind side.
Two, the recent release of tackle Nick Kaczur leaves the Patriots a little thin at the position, and the return of Light could provide the necessary depth at the spot in 2011. (It’s also a safe bet that some of the money that was freed up on the release of Kaczur went to Light and his new deal.)
Going forward, Light — who isn’t allowed to practice until Aug. 4 because of the new rules in the collective bargaining agreement regarding new contracts — figures to be the starting left tackle in 2011, as Solder waits in the wings to eventually take over at the position.
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