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.