Patriots See the Light

Matt Light Patriots

Matt Light will be patrolling Tom Brady's blind-side for at least one more NFL season.

In a move that has been rumored to be coming for the past week, the Patriots and veteran left tackle Matt Light have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Light will receive $12 million over the life of the contract, with $7 million guaranteed.

Light rejoins fellow offensive linemen Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly, and Sebastian Vollmer. That group was the backbone of an offense that really came into its own the last six or seven weeks of the 2010 NFL season.

With Light in the fold, 1st-round draft pick Nate Solder can take some time to learn the nuances of the Patriots offense, rather than rush through an abbreviated pre-season.

Solder, who has yet to sign his rookie contract, should be the left tackle of the future. With him yet to get a practice rep in, Patriots fans have to be happy that he is not the left tackle of the present.

Tags: Matt Light, Nate Solder, Roster Moves

6 Responses to “Patriots See the Light”

  1. CC says:

    Solder, IMO-the kid is a little rough around the edges still and wet behind the ears. He’s also also too “small” still and in addition as well, has no specific set talent pertaining to the possition that say’s “I got this” or “Watch Out”. Learning behind and signing Matt Light for not just 1, but 2 yr’s should have been a forgone conclusion. Light will retire a Patriot great. Let’s just hope that Light doesn’t get injured anytime soon & by then that the kid’s growth(in both context), & his consistency start’s too make T.Smith and A. Castonzo look like very old news?

  2. Ryan says:

    I hope they sign those first three picks soon. Not that I’m getting nervous but would be nice for them to get some time in during camp.

    Has there been any word on negotiations?

    What better way for Solder to learn than behind an experienced Veteran.

  3. JMC says:

    Sounds good-

  4. Dan says:

    Suddenly, this team is looking very strong. When you can bring back a guy like Light and not have to throw in a promising first-rounder it’s a good thing. He can start the season and maybe finish it, or he can add depth if the kid is very ready.

    I feel this tells a story…
    Solder was a converted TE…still needs work even though he had great success in college…needs strength along with experience. Now he can gain both and keep his confidence, while the team, and Brady, are well protected. At the very least there will be great depth.

  5. Coach Bill says:

    Thank you jeebus.



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