NFL Free Agency: New England Patriots Re-Sign Matt Light

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIAugust 1, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 28:  Matt Light #72 of the New England Patriots celebrates the win over the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium October 28, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Redskins 52-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Free agent tackle Matt Light has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Patriots, according to the Boston Globe and Tom Brady can finally take a sigh of relief.

The 33-year-old Light will be entering his 11th year in the NFL with all 11 seasons being a member of the New England Patriots. 

Light was the team's second-round pick in the 2001 draft and has started at left tackle ever since. He has protected Tom Brady's blind side throughout all three of New England's Super Bowl victories. 

Over the course of his 10 seasons, Light has allowed only allowed 66.75 sacks, which is a solid average of nearly seven sacks per season. 

Light has been named to three Pro Bowls and has had to go up against one league's top pass rushers, Dwight Freeney, several times throughout his impressive career. 

Now as a 33-year-old veteran leader on New England's roster, he'll likely start at left tackle until left tackle of the future Nate Solder is ready to take the reigns. 

Prior to the signing, New England Patriots director of of player personnel, Nick Casserio, spoke with the media Sunday and praised the contributions Light has given during his Patriot career. 

“Matt’s been a good player for us for a long time. I’d say there are discussions that are ongoing. I don’t want to put a timetable on it, but Matt’s made a lot of contributions to this team, he’s been a good player, so we’ll see what happens.” 

The reported ongoing discussions resulted in a two-year deal for Light. Financial details of the contract have yet to be released.


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