Patriots left tackle Matt Light recently declined to comment on whether he will or won’t retire at the relatively young age (for an offensive lineman) of 33.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Light will indeed retire.
It’s unknown when the move will be official. Presumably, the Patriots would like to keep it under wraps until after the draft, so that a replacement on the depth chart can be selected. Nate Solder, a first-round pick in 2011, is expected to replace Light in the starting lineup.
Light, a second-round pick in 2001, is one of only three Patriots players whose careers trace to the team’s Super Bowl years. The others are Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork.
UPDATE 4:58 p.m. ET: Yes, Deion Branch also is on the roster. But he was gone for several years.