Yesterday the New England Patriots pulled off trades to bring in Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco. Today they may complete a deal to retain one of their own players, who has a lower national profile but will likely have a greater impact on the team.
Matt Light, the free agent left tackle who started all 16 games for the Patriots last season, is on the verge of a deal with the Patriots and expected to sign soon, the Boston Globe reports.
The 33-year-old Light has spent all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Patriots and has always been a starter when healthy. He’s generally recognized as the best free-agent offensive tackle in the league this year.
First-round draft pick Nate Solder is expected to be the starter at left tackle some day, but the Patriots would prefer that it not be as a rookie. If Light stays, that gives the Patriots time to ease Solder into the role.