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Patriots have a tough decision on Matt Light

It looks like the Patriots have found their left tackle of the future in Sebastian Vollmer.  The question now becomes what to do with their left tackle of the last decade.

Matt Light is due $4.5 million in 2010, the final year of his contract.  The two-time Pro Bowler has steadily declined, but started eleven games in 2009 when healthy.

The local coverage in New England isn’t sure what the team will do with Light.  One thing to keep in mind with all roster decisions this year, of course, is the CBA.

If there is no salary cap, this will be a great year to dump players and incur no “dead money” on your cap.

In Light’s case, where he’s on the final year of his contract, there is actually less reason to release him.  Robert Kraft may not love the idea of a $4.5 million player with a questionable role, but the total won’t hurt the cap.

The lack of a salary cap could give the Patriots more time — perhaps until training camp — to decide what to do with Light.  With no cap number to get under, what’s the rush? 

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26 Responses to “Patriots have a tough decision on Matt Light”
  1. rolltide says: Jan 14, 2010 10:01 AM

    “Yes, Mr. Davis? Hey Al, it’s Bill. Say, what do you think about trading a washed up tackle for your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round draft picks? Great, I thought you’d be interested.”

  2. PatsFan4eva says: Jan 14, 2010 10:03 AM

    I think they should try and trade him. There are probably a dozen teams that could use a LT. Would be better than just releasing him and getting nothing.

  3. patsfan1016 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:14 AM

    Oakland still has their 1 for this year so we would take that, then we could trade it down to a late 1 and a 2.

  4. nedirect says: Jan 14, 2010 10:15 AM

    move light to the right tackle, vollmer on the left, and kaczur can be the first off the bench.

  5. tomservo24 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:16 AM

    My guess is Belichick will trade him while he still has some value left. KC and Denver are obvious destinations, but maybe a team like Green Bay who needs the OL help will give up a 3rd or 4th to make a Super Bowl run.
    I can’t imagine Belichick just letting him go in ’11 for nothing, with or without a cap.

  6. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jan 14, 2010 10:18 AM

    I thought Belichick’s drafts have been horrible so why the fuss about Vollmer? Clearly if BB drafter him he can’t be very good.

  7. dcfan-1212450 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:19 AM

    Id be willing to bet 15 teams would make a trade for him if the Patriots were willing to pay some of his salary. Probably a 3rd or 4th rounder too. Hell Randy Moss was traded for a 3rd rounder, and Richard Seymour was traded for a first, so with the Patriots and trades for draft picks, who knows. The may deals with teams that no other team could manage, its amazing…

  8. penguininbondage says: Jan 14, 2010 10:21 AM

    Belichek can be depended upon to do the following.
    1. Have sex with one of the teams employees wives.
    2. Release anyone that he feels no longer worships him.
    3. Say nothing .
    It will be amusing to see what happens with KC next year.

  9. tre_fizzle says: Jan 14, 2010 10:22 AM

    trading him would require the new team to pay the exorbitant 4.5 million dollar salary as well though. Unless they worked out a new deal with him that spread out the money over a few years.

  10. Reasonable says: Jan 14, 2010 10:24 AM

    He could sign an extention thus reducing his overall salary. Exchange cash for security. Light is one of the few leaders on the offense.

  11. this class sucks says: Jan 14, 2010 10:30 AM

    I’m sure they would like to trade him but idk what team is willing to take a guy with this contract whose not playing well. The difference between him and Seymore is Seymore can still be a force. Matt “holding penalty” Light hasn’t been very good in a while. That said Al Davis doesn’t seem to mind how ‘good’ a player is…

  12. Unbreakable02215 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:37 AM

    NEdirect is right. Tell him “You’re moving to right tackle”.
    If he wants to stay then he’ll make the move. Belichick said once he tried him there and that he didn’t do that well. He was a rookie back then. Tell him you move to right tackle or you move on. They gotta get that Frankenstein Kazcur off the field ASAP. He’s not an NFL caliber starting RT. He just doesn’t have quick enuff feet. By sticking Light there, you strengthen BOTH sides of the line. Gotta resign Mankins. Sounds like Neal is gonna retire, put the Penn St. kid there.
    I’m sure thats what he was drafted for, to be Neal’s eventual replacement. Then go get Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall. AND Steven Jackson. And go get some freakin pass rushers !

  13. jerseypatriot says: Jan 14, 2010 10:40 AM

    No tough decision at all, Light is done.

  14. frox says: Jan 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    No brainer. Keep him.
    Sincerely,
    Terell Suggs

  15. ampats says: Jan 14, 2010 11:04 AM

    I would like to see him moved to RT but I don’t see it happening. There are alot of OT needy teams (hello KC, Oakland etc) in the NFL. Best bet trade him to move up in draft or for a 2nd or 3rd round pick,
    Kazur is not the answer at RT better coming off the bench in a backup role.
    Sign Wilfork and get Mankins and Gotkowski under long term contracts.

  16. prophet of the light says: Jan 14, 2010 11:16 AM

    Matt Light is a BLIND SIDE tackle for 4.5 million dollars. That’s a cheap one. Anyone who thinks Light is over-paid is dumb. Is he on the decline? Yes. Is he replaceable? Sure.

  17. Richm2256 says: Jan 14, 2010 11:18 AM

    Reasonable says:
    Light is one of the few leaders on the offense.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah, after watching the Ravens game and the way Lewis and Thuggs, I mean Suggs, man-handled that offensive line, I’m thinking that 4.5 mill ought to buy better “leadership” than that.
    Vollmer is the perfect stud at the perfect time, coming in as Light’s skills are obviously declining. In the NFL, you don’t pay a guy for what he DID, you pay him for what he can DO.
    Light stills has enough of the “shine” to attract some good offers (what the hell, they got a Number 1 for Seymour who was more in decline than Light!), and he’s clearly not worth 4.5 large.
    Thanks for the memories Matt, and “Go, Fagan Doors!”

  18. Rick says: Jan 14, 2010 11:21 AM

    Matt Light played fine when he was healthy. Kazur was the liability on the O-line. He messed up the Colts game by letting Mathis abuse him. Keep light at LT start Vollmer at RT and upgrade RG, Neil has been hurt and ineffective. And most importantly develop a run first mentallity like the one you had in 01-06

  19. Dotrat says: Jan 14, 2010 11:46 AM

    Yes, Kaczur is limited at best, Belichick is on record saying that the team tried Light at RT when he was a rookie and that it didn’t work. I doubt that he’d be any better at the position now. If they can’t trade him, then they’re likely to cut him.

  20. vcufan01 says: Jan 14, 2010 11:52 AM

    “Tough” as in “blatantly obvious” – when Light has been on Freeney he was a turnstile….when Vollmer was on Freeney, he ended Freeney’s sack streak. CUT HIM LOOSE!

  21. Brohamma says: Jan 14, 2010 12:35 PM

    Vollmer starts and Light is on the bench. You cannot let Light go because of single most important word regarding O-lines. That word: DEPTH.
    There is no question that Light is on the decline but he is waaay to valuable to let go. He is not only a solid leader but a player that FULLY understands the schemes.
    Pats keep Light and bring him off the bench when needed. Vollmer starts! Servus!

  22. BboyFiasco says: Jan 14, 2010 12:43 PM

    @ Richm2256
    The only thing in decline is the Pats defense.. Seymour made guys like dinosaur Greg Ellis (7SACKS) and rookie Matt Shagnaussy (4 SACKS) look solid in OAK… DBs (except C wood) and RBs and Wrs decline once they hit 30 not Trench players. They just get Nastier.. According to you T. Warren (29) and Wilfork(29) are one year away from being washed up.. Just tell Belicheat to scrap the whole Dline.. haha
    You pats fans should appreciate what veterans bring TO THE TABLE cause you won all 3 OF YOUR RINGS on the backs of GUYS THAT WERE PAST 34 YRS (except Brady)… Do i haveto name names or can you figure it out all by yourself.

  23. tallermateo says: Jan 14, 2010 12:50 PM

    Trade Light for a pick…whatever its is.
    sign Wilfork and Mankins

  24. spudz says: Jan 14, 2010 6:53 PM

    Light will be traded…no doubt in my mind

  25. FlorioWhorio says: Jan 15, 2010 1:08 AM

    BboyFiasco says:
    January 14, 2010 12:43 PM
    @ Richm2256
    The only thing in decline is the Pats defense.. Seymour made guys like dinosaur Greg Ellis (7SACKS) and rookie Matt Shagnaussy (4 SACKS) look solid in OAK… DBs (except C wood) and RBs and Wrs decline once they hit 30 not Trench players. They just get Nastier.. According to you T. Warren (29) and Wilfork(29) are one year away from being washed up.. Just tell Belicheat to scrap the whole Dline.. haha
    You pats fans should appreciate what veterans bring TO THE TABLE cause you won all 3 OF YOUR RINGS on the backs of GUYS THAT WERE PAST 34 YRS (except Brady)… Do i haveto name names or can you figure it out all by yourself.
    __________
    You will have to name them, Bboy…because these bandwagon Pats fans don’t really have any real knowledge of the particulars of their own team, continually misspelling the names of players, misremembering who was on which team, etc. In short (just like when they ream each others’ bungholes), they are inbred morons. LMFAO!!!!!!!

  26. BWIII says: Jan 17, 2010 9:32 AM

    I can’t understand why Vollmer wasn’t platying left tackle afyer he cam back from his injury. Light should have been placed on the right side. But then again, since the last superbowl the Pats haven’t been able to stop the rush up the middle.

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