Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
I'm not sure if the majority of people understand the difficulty of Matt Light's situation. Light was a highly regarded, second-round pick in 2001 with many hoping he could develop into the tackle of the future.
He went on to earn five Pro Bowl selections, and he played in five Super Bowls, winning three of them. Light got an All-Pro nod for his work in 2007 when the Patriots' offensive line allowed only eight sacks of Brady while he completed 398 completions on 578 attempts.
Light has started 153 of his 155 career games, averaging nearly 14 games a season—a true model of consistency. He's been a big part of New England's success over the years, but the Patriots have been quite successful at drafting talent at tackle over the last few years.
Sebastian Vollmer, an All-Pro in 2010 was drafted in 2009, and while last season was a wash, he will regain his health.
2011 saw the addition of 17th overall selection Nate Solder who turned in a fine first season while playing at four different positions for the Patriots.
Fifth-rounder Marcus Cannon came off the PUP list in Week 10 after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
It's Cannon who's the true game-changer here. He has the potential to be absurdly good which gives the Patriots a very capable backup tackle. Here's what the scouting report says:
"For a man of his size, Cannon is astoundingly athletic and quick-footed. Proven to be an effective blocker on the move, has enough speed to slide off the line and make plays down the field... doesn't seem to take advantage of his frame in many instances, and leaves his body vulnerable to powering defenders...he has the necessary footwork and potential to develop into a devastating right guard or tackle, but needs to keep an eye on his weight and work on performing consistently if he plans on becoming a reliable starter at the pro level."
With a coach like Dante Scarnecchia, it makes perfect sense why the Patriots took Cannon when he slipped all the way into the fifth. And it makes sense why the team would move on from Light who has never been a backup and probably has no intention to start now.
It's a tough call; Light enjoyed one of his best seasons last season and would be back for a bargain in 2012, but it's looking all the like that won't happen.
Likelihood: Iffy at best, if he's willing to back up his understudies, he'd be a welcome addition. It'd be so odd to see Light in another uniform, I'm sure he'd agree.