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I agree "fair" is a subjective concept, so I am not going to bash Light for rejecting an offer viewed as "fair" by the team if that in fact is the case. I also believe the offensive line has benefited substantially from coaching, and much of the success has to do with coaching on how to block defenses far superior to any college defense. Maybe the new linemen can do the job, but I wouldn't count on it. Brady will likely pay the price for their on-the-job training if the Pats throw rookies on the line.
He is not perfect, but Light still can do the job and he knows how to work with the other linemen. I hope he stays while the new blood learns the game in the NFL. However, if he demands a contract that breaks the bank, then his insurance value is probably not worth the cost.
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"Light received what the Patriots considered a fair offer" is not new news. It is rehashing and recategorizing the reports from the time that they had preliminary discussions and both sides agree to wait until after the new CBA was agreed to.
I'm sorry, maybe I missed something but this link doesn't seem to contain any information that Light declined a fair offer?
"According to a source close to the negotiations, the Patriots made what they deemed to be a fair offer to Light before the lockout started. It was rejected"
Link is to page 2. Quote is from page one of the article.
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First, because the Pats considered it fair, it doesn't mean Light did.
Second, very few players signed deals before the lockout. Many didn't because they felt that maybe they might get a better deal post lockout with free agency looming.
In a normal off season, I doubt that Light would have accepted an offer prior to free agency. I do believe his first choice is to stay here and might even take a hometown discount, but I doubt he would take an offer from the Pats (which most likely would be modest and short term) with there being a chance that someone might grossly overpay because they are desperate for a LT and that is their missing piece for a Super Bowl run.
This strikes me as a Willie McGinest situation - Light expects (perhaps correctly) that some other team in need at LT will swoop in with a big offer.
While I expect the Pats would love to have him back they're unlikely to be the high bidder on a LT on the downside of his career.
It's tough to fault the Pats for not overpaying and tough to fault Light for accepting an inflated contract.
Hopefully Solder or Vollmer can get the job done if the Pats and Light can't reach an agreement.