Patriots Matt Light is Calling it a Career

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April 18, 2012 at 06:19pm ET

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Light reportedly decided to retire on Wednesday. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

Change happens in the NFL, and it appears another era is coming to an end here in New England.

According to, left tackle Matt Light has reportedly decided to retire, marking the end of a terrific career as Light has arguably been their best left tackle since Patriots Hall of Famer Bruce Armstrong.  The 33 year old was drafted by New England in the second round of the 2001 draft, and started 12 of 14 games during his rookie season.

Light hasn't officially made the announcement yet, but the report quotes a source with knowledge of the situation that Light will indeed retire.

He's been incredibly reliable, starting 16 regular season games seven times over his 11 year career and even in his final season was a big reason why Brady was able to throw for a career high 5,235 yards.

The Boston Herald had previously reported that the team internally had been planning on rookie Nate Solder to be their left tackle next season.  That now leaves them with Solder at left tackle, and Sebastian Vollmer likely ready to come back from an injury plagued season to anchor the right tackle position.

The Herald also reported earlier that Light's wife knew about what was going to happen, and that Light said he was just taking things "day by day".

"My wife has a pretty good idea on what is going to happen with me,” said Light, who is under contract for this season. “She keeps me pretty busy . . . You know, at this point, I’m just kind of taking it day by day,” Light said. “We’ll see how it goes. Sooner than later.”

It looks like now we know.