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Pats agree to terms with Matt Light

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The New England Patriots will return in 2011 with all five starters on their offensive line. The final 20 percent of the large-man puzzle fell into place when left tackle Matt Light agreed to terms on a two-year deal, per Greg Bedard and Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

Light is entering his 11th season.

The decision to pick Nate Solder in the first round of the 2011 draft caused some speculation that Light wouldn’t be back.  Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer had been playing left tackle during the early preseason practices.

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22 Responses to “Pats agree to terms with Matt Light”
  1. bcgreg says: Aug 1, 2011 7:14 AM

    YES!

    But Tommie Harris?

  2. tylerdurden187 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:15 AM

    The Patriots are going to be unstoppable!

  3. alexr5111 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:16 AM

    stephen neal

  4. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2011 7:21 AM

    Great news. Having stability on the O line is so important. This will allow solder to “ease”into the position.

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 1, 2011 8:04 AM

    Vollmer started at left tackle for a handful of games in his rookie season 2 years ago when Light was injured. At this point he’s a better left tackle than Light, and he’ll always be a better left tackle than Nate Solder.

  6. homelanddefense says: Aug 1, 2011 8:41 AM

    like Alex said, they arent returning all 5 starters on the line because Neal retired.

  7. db105 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:56 AM

    Return all 5 OL starters? What about RG Stephen Neal?

  8. j0esixpack says: Aug 1, 2011 8:56 AM

    If Vollmer and Solder are better than Light, they’ll get the starts over him – but I don’t think you’ll see that at the start of the season.

    LTs typically lose their skills fast when that happens and it doesn’t appear that’s happened quite just yet with Light – but could at any point.

    But with a 2 year contract there’s relatively little risk and Light can serve his current purpose – giving Solder a chance to learn the system, adjust to the NFL and develop, and then serve as an experienced veteran backup when someone can beat him out of the starting job.

  9. ampats says: Aug 1, 2011 8:57 AM

    Great news to keep the consistency of the OL from LY.

    Solder and Cannon will be eased into the lineup.

    I would still like to see Mankins get signed to a long term deal.

  10. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 1, 2011 9:06 AM

    These guys were just unstoppable.

    Seven years ago.

    Good thing Ochocinco is coming to save the day, LOL

  11. bozosforall says: Aug 1, 2011 9:18 AM

    ampats says:
    Aug 1, 2011 8:57 AM

    I would still like to see Mankins get signed to a long term deal.

    ___
    Thanks once again for showing the rest of us how ignorant you Pats fans are. Mankins is long gone once he gets his freedom.

  12. thewizardsrevenge says: Aug 1, 2011 9:28 AM

    This may have been their most important signing.
    O-line depth would have been suspect without Light this year. One of these tackles may end up playing guard.

  13. gimmeabruschi says: Aug 1, 2011 9:30 AM

    This isn’t bolstering the notion Solder was a sure-fire pick. Light was a 2nd rounder and started for a superbowl winner as a rookie. They didn’t need to ease him in.

  14. murraysons says: Aug 1, 2011 10:00 AM

    Thanks once again for showing the rest of us how ignorant you Pats fans are. Mankins is long gone once he gets his freedom.

    You mean after this year, since he signed his tender and showed up to work?

  15. bozosforall says: Aug 1, 2011 10:05 AM

    murraysons says:
    Aug 1, 2011 10:00 AM
    Thanks once again for showing the rest of us how ignorant you Pats fans are. Mankins is long gone once he gets his freedom.

    You mean after this year, since he signed his tender and showed up to work?

    ___
    He wasn’t given much of a choice, moronsons. Next season, he will be given one. And he will be “gone baby gone” once he gets that choice.

  16. rc33 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:13 AM

    How do you know Mankins is “long gone” after this year in N.E.? How does anybody know?
    He’s getting $10.1 million to play a position that is not considered a premium-expense position. Teams will think long and hard before tying up 8 or 9 million per season for a guy who is strictly a Guard. One thing’s for certain; there is zero chance he’ll get a long-term deal averaging $10 million….from anybody.

  17. patstrustee says: Aug 1, 2011 10:14 AM

    gimmeabruschi says:
    Aug 1, 2011 9:30 AM
    This isn’t bolstering the notion Solder was a sure-fire pick. Light was a 2nd rounder and started for a superbowl winner as a rookie. They didn’t need to ease him in.

    ============
    No mini camps or OTA’s put all rookies way behind in preparedness and playbook education. Very little, if any, judgement could possibly be made at this juncture. No?

  18. thenyolive says: Aug 1, 2011 11:03 AM

    This is good news.

  19. polegojim says: Aug 1, 2011 11:07 AM

    Protect protect protect Brady.

    I’m glad to see the Light, but we need to start building for the future on the OL.

  20. bozosforall says: Aug 1, 2011 11:26 AM

    rc33 says:
    Aug 1, 2011 10:13 AM
    How do you know Mankins is “long gone” after this year in N.E.? How does anybody know?
    He’s getting $10.1 million to play a position that is not considered a premium-expense position. Teams will think long and hard before tying up 8 or 9 million per season for a guy who is strictly a Guard. One thing’s for certain; there is zero chance he’ll get a long-term deal averaging $10 million….from anybody.

    __
    He was getting the $10 million as long as he signed the tender, yet he strenuously pursued getting his freedom all of last month. That’s how I know he’s gone after this season. The bloom is off the rose. Mankins is going to leave once he gets the chance. The Pats made sure of that by not giving him a longer term deal commensurate with what he has done for them throughout his career. Typical false arrogance from a Pats fan to think that he doesn’t deserve to be treated better.

  21. patsfiend says: Aug 1, 2011 3:13 PM

    bozos… dude, lighten up. Are you the official Mankins apologist, or what? His agent? Do you deliver him turkey sandwiches?

    Mankins IS in the fold for this year, in a better situation than last year (where he started half way through and still was great.) Getting 10MM. Maybe they’ll work something longer out with him, and if not they are drafting and trading to keep the line strong.

    The Light signing keeps consistency and provides guidance to the Solder and the younger guys whether Mankins is there or not. So it’s a good move.

  22. bozosforall says: Aug 1, 2011 8:32 PM

    patsfiend says:
    Aug 1, 2011 3:13 PM
    bozos… dude, lighten up. Are you the official Mankins apologist, or what? His agent? Do you deliver him turkey sandwiches?

    Mankins IS in the fold for this year, in a better situation than last year (where he started half way through and still was great.) Getting 10MM. Maybe they’ll work something longer out with him, and if not they are drafting and trading to keep the line strong.

    The Light signing keeps consistency and provides guidance to the Solder and the younger guys whether Mankins is there or not. So it’s a good move.

    ___
    Apologist? Hardly. More like the REALIST. The reality being that he is GONE next season. Good luck finding someone as good (Hint: You won’t).

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