By: Derek Havens
Late on Sunday night, theÂ Boston Globe reported that offensive tackle Matt Light would be staying with the Patriots.
The Patriots and Light have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal, but the terms of the contract have not yet been revealed. The 33- year old Light, started all 16 games last season for the Patriots at left tackle; one of the most important positions of any NFL team.
On Friday, Patriots QuarterBack Tom Brady, had this to say about his blindside protector,Â â€śMattâ€™s one of my favorite players that Iâ€™ve ever played with. Heâ€™s a great guy, great for this team, great for the community . . . Mattâ€™s performance speaks for itself.â€™â€™
In April,Â the Patriots drafted their left tackle of the future, Nate Solder,Â with the 17th overall selection. However, even though Solder is a fantastic prospect, he will need some time to mature. Lightâ€™s new deal will give the Pats more security for their prized possession, Tom Brady, while also grooming Solder for the future.
On July 31st, the Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, said this about Matt Light during his press conference:
â€śMattâ€™s been a good player for us for a long time. Iâ€™d say there are discussions that are ongoingâ€¦ I donâ€™t want to put a timetable on it, but Mattâ€™s made a lot of contributions to this team, heâ€™s been a good player, so weâ€™ll see what happens.â€ť
The 10 year veteran was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2001 draft. Since then,Â theÂ three-time Pro BowlerÂ has played in 140 games, only two of which he did not start.Â Because Light was an unrestricted free agent, under the new CBA transition rules he cannot practice until Aug. 4th.
The veteran resigning process is still on going and there are new pieces being added from all over the NFL. There will be more news coming in every day and I will be sure to keep you updated as the â€śfree agent frenzyâ€ť continues.
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