Patriots Reach Agreement With Light

Ian Logue
August 01, 2011 at 09:13am ET

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Good news this morning, as the Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement with veteran Matt Light to keep him here in Foxboro this season.

Re-Signing Veteran Matt Light Gives offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia time to bring along rookie Nate Solder into the offense. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Karen Guregian reports that the free agent left tackle has agreed to terms on a new contract, which ends the speculation that had been swirling about his future.

The veteran has reportedly received a 2-year deal, which is great news since signing Light was somewhat critical. Granted the Patriots selected Nate Solder in the first round, but it's tough to imagine that he'd be immediately ready to take on the type of pass rush that teams send after quarterback Tom Brady on a weekly basis.  Signing Light now gives them time to work him into the system, and bring him along to eventually compete for the position.

Granted we saw Sebastian Vollmer immediately step in, but as Guregian points out he had the benefit of all the minicamps and OTA's, as well as a full training camp to get acclimated - which clearly Solder isn't going to have.  He's already had some help from his new teammates, with Vollmer had Solder reportedly having him over for a film session to try and help him with recognition of schemes and terminology.

Needless to say it's a terrific move by the team, and with Logan Mankins back in the fold after signing his franchise tender, Brady's now got the luxury of knowing he'll have the left side of the line fully intact heading into the 2011 season.