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Source: Matt Light will retire

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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.

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50 Responses to “Source: Matt Light will retire”
  1. righthereisay says: Apr 18, 2012 4:54 PM

    Branch?

  2. bearsnoah says: Apr 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    Hello? Deion Branch?

  3. towniesman says: Apr 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    A great dude on an off the field.I’m sure us Bostonians will be seein ya on the tube somewhere Matty

  4. ampats says: Apr 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    Hopefully not true but if those thanks for the years and laughs as Light was one of the better pranksters on the Patriots.

    Between Solder, Vollmer,Cannon the OT position will be fine. As unsexy of a draft pick Solder was BB knew exactly what he was doing.

  5. beerbaron says: Apr 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    Dan Koppen and Deion Branch are still on the team and have two Super Bowl rings each. Where you you get this stuff?

  6. u4iadman says: Apr 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    Was Matt the “Tuck Rule” protector? Cant recall what side Woodsen made the fumble from.

  7. bpfpft says: Apr 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    …..and of course because the Pats and Light want to keep it under wraps till after the draft you’ll report it today.

  8. gamblindan says: Apr 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    What about Deion Branch?

  9. rushmatic says: Apr 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    From punching Crowder to pranking teammates, Matt Light was one of my favorites for his style and his personality.

    Even if Solder is the answer, it still sucks to lose him.

  10. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Apr 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    Good players who are also personable, good locker room guys are hard to find and he was one of the best. The best thing you can say about people that pass through your life and then leave is that they will be missed. He definitely will be missed.

  11. tombradyallday says: Apr 18, 2012 5:03 PM

    he got to block for brees at purdue and brady in nfl. hell of a career he held it down for brady

  12. 6ball says: Apr 18, 2012 5:04 PM

    .

    I believe every word that comes out of Foxboro.

    I believe it more so in the weeks before the draft.

    .

  13. mdagnew1 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:05 PM

    Terrel Suggs is disapointed as he wore Light out… Good for beating him at least 2 or 3 times a game for a strip/fumble recovery…

  14. Bruce Allen says: Apr 18, 2012 5:08 PM

    Kevin Faulk has said he wants to return. He’s got three rings.

  15. grkboiler24 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:09 PM

    KEVIN FAULK!

    The longest tenured Patriot.

    Playing for them since the 90′s man!

    3-time Champ!!

  16. stuartscottslefteye says: Apr 18, 2012 5:11 PM

    Obviously a ploy by “BB” to muddle their intentions for the draft…

  17. grpatriot says: Apr 18, 2012 5:12 PM

    Solder will more than hold his own. Congrats, Matt…..Champion!

  18. sschmiggles says: Apr 18, 2012 5:14 PM

    beerbaron says:
    Apr 18, 2012 4:56 PM
    Dan Koppen and Deion Branch are still on the team and have two Super Bowl rings each. Where you you get this stuff?
    ___________________

    Kevin Faulk is still on the roster, too. He has 3 rings.

  19. beergeekjoey says: Apr 18, 2012 5:17 PM

    their Superbowl years run through this year. they just didn’t win this one or ’07.

  20. unbreakable02215 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:17 PM

    u4iadman says:Apr 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    Was Matt the “Tuck Rule” protector? Cant recall what side Woodsen made the fumble from.

    It was actually ruled an incomplete pass, per
    the rule as it is written in the NFL Rule Book.

    You don’t like NFL rules ? Start a petition to
    get them changed.

    Also the CORRECT call on the play SHOULD
    have been a 15 yard penalty on Woodson for
    roughing the passer, blow to the head as he
    nearly took Brady’s head off. Also a rule.

  21. threegriffons says: Apr 18, 2012 5:21 PM

    Faulk is listed on the roster as a restricted free agent, although I certainly hope we bring him back somehow, he did say he’d be open to a coaching position.

  22. threegriffons says: Apr 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Apr 18, 2012 4:57 PM
    Was Matt the “Tuck Rule” protector? Cant recall what side Woodsen made the fumble from.

    ……………………………………
    Funny thing about that tuck rule, when it was used on Brady that was the SECOND time that rule was enforced.
    The first was on Carson Palmer!
    Just a little bit of irony there huh Raider fans?

  23. unbreakable02215 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Start watching this clip at 3:50. You tell me the
    correct call should not have been roughing the
    passer-blow the head. You go ahead and tell me
    that.

    And I’ll laugh at you.

  24. rexryansdirtysock says: Apr 18, 2012 5:27 PM

    Dan Koppen also has won two Super Bowl rings with the team. And he has never played for another team. So what’s your excuse on that one?

  25. Spencer says: Apr 18, 2012 5:30 PM

    Everybody dance!

  26. jason49er says: Apr 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Kevin Faulk is unsigned but yes Branch should have been included on this list, afterall he was the MVP of one of those Superbowls.

  27. descendency says: Apr 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Ron Borges on drafting Matt Light:

    “On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson..they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sacks last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon.”

    A year later, he was a great LT. Thanks for the time Mr Light.

  28. jason49er says: Apr 18, 2012 5:33 PM

    And Koppen as well, the beer baron is right.

  29. giantssb42champs says: Apr 18, 2012 5:43 PM

    Big loss for Pats if true. Great locker room guy on top of being an excellent player.

  30. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    So… hair pulling has been retired from the paties. Good for those with dreads…

  31. rexismybff says: Apr 18, 2012 6:10 PM

    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.

    =========================

    So — Brady, Wilfork and Branch will be the only guys on the team this year who have rings for cheating?

    What a shame to see a real sports cheating dynasty fall. I guess someday Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones will have to star in some hokey kind of “Field of Dreams” movie about them, like they did for the Black Sox.

  32. rebel21das says: Apr 18, 2012 6:20 PM

    Matt Light was the blindside-man for Brady for such a long time now……#72 will be dearly missed from the Pats fans and the whole Patriots organization. Matt Light will forever be a constant Patriot. I know everyone has already chimed in on this one already but really??? I can’t believe the players forgotten in this story lol, Kevin Faulk 3 Rings Dan Koppen 2 Rings….at least Branch was included a bit later….but that’s a C’Mon man! moment. Otherwise I Can’t wait to see Matt Light at the Razor when he gives his speech.

  33. mistrezzrachael says: Apr 18, 2012 6:24 PM

    unbreakable02215 says:Apr 18, 2012 5:17 PM

    u4iadman says:Apr 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    Was Matt the “Tuck Rule” protector? Cant recall what side Woodsen made the fumble from.

    It was actually ruled an incomplete pass, per
    the rule as it is written in the NFL Rule Book.

    You don’t like NFL rules ? Start a petition to
    get them changed.

    Also the CORRECT call on the play SHOULD
    have been a 15 yard penalty on Woodson for
    roughing the passer, blow to the head as he
    nearly took Brady’s head off. Also a rule.

    YOU, SIR..are absolutely correct….Watching the multitude of replays on this…and thinking that game never should have gone to OT w/the penalty.

  34. jgrange says: Apr 18, 2012 6:24 PM

    This was a pretty big failure for Florio. Koppen, Branch, and Faulk were all missed.

  35. rebel21das says: Apr 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    On another note I can’t believe all the losers with no time on their hands that come and comment on boards about players on teams they don’t like and make really really really stupid unintelligent remarks about why they hate someone they don’t even know. Get a hobby you low-life’s!!! (A low-life or lowlife is a term for a person who is considered morally unacceptable by their community, especially those who exploit others for their own selfish purposes. Examples of people who are often called “lowlifes” are the dregs of society…..Often, the term is used as an indication of disapproval of antisocial or destructive behaviors, usually bearing a connotation of contempt and derision. This usage of the word dates to 1911)

  36. dirtierwater says: Apr 18, 2012 6:30 PM

    Also missed: The fact that Light has not decided yet, and the league source has nothing new to add.

  37. patsfiend says: Apr 18, 2012 7:11 PM

    A: I’ll believe it when it comes from the Patriots or Light himself, and no before. No “goodbyes” yet.

    B: Even if he does retire, he’ll be there if there are injuries and BB calls him up.

    C: Nice points on the Woodson roughing the passer… never heard that angle. The rules against breathing on QB’s we have now were clearly not in place in 2001.

  38. dirtierwater says: Apr 18, 2012 7:24 PM

    That was clearly a head-slap, which as a penalty was instituted long before 2001

  39. bcgreg says: Apr 18, 2012 7:28 PM

    Kevin Faulk too. I know he’s a UFA, but he hasn’t retired yet.

  40. bertilfox says: Apr 18, 2012 7:32 PM

    Where there is smoke, there’s fire. I believe it, because Matt is a smart guy. He doesn’t seem the type to hang on for the status while his skills wane. There are a lot of hits on that big body.

    Good luck Matt. Thanks for the entertaining years of football. Thanks too, for giving my son the autograph.

  41. marima07 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:56 PM

    unbreakable02215 That was an awesome clip and I love it from the Oakland announcers. Thanks!

    And obviously, Woodson was coming from Brady’s right which wasn’t Matt Light’s responsibility.

    I’ll miss Light. He’s going out on top, that’s for sure. Terrific player, terrific person.

  42. giants56 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:11 PM

    The Giants defensive line will miss Matt. Thanks or the memories…..

  43. bnwpnw says: Apr 18, 2012 8:44 PM

    Branch was in Seattle for a while, fattening his bank account and his ass. Then he returned to NE to actually play.

  44. textexington says: Apr 18, 2012 9:19 PM

    The Pads lost SuperbowlXLVI.

  45. slippyal2 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:58 PM

    As a Bills fan, I always respected the guy, always the third player I worried about after Brady and Wilfork.

  46. catquick says: Apr 19, 2012 12:05 AM

    That was not a blow to the head penalty. At the time it had to be deliberate. It wasn’t. The other poster is wrong. It was a fumble. Absolutely. You can scream and cry all you want, but if it were the Raiders who had the ball, you’d all be screaming fumble, and you know it.

  47. TonySantorsa says: Apr 19, 2012 1:53 AM

    To all of you morons out there…Vince Wilfork AND Deion Branch do not have three Super Bowl rings.

    All of you readers that commented saying Deion Branch…Wow, you’re pretty dumb.

    It’s KEVIN FAULK!!!

    Really, PFT? You’re now in the same group as the ill-informed readers that stated Deion Branch.

  48. rebel21das says: Apr 19, 2012 10:18 AM

    Tony I think we know that…the reason people were making a stink out of it was because of this “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.” So if you read that you would understand that just means when the Patriots were winning the Super Bowl i.e 2001, 2003, and 2004… pretty sure Branch won 2 and so did Koppen 2. I don’t know what your getting upset about. lol And Kevin Faulk clearly is the oldest tenured Patriot so thanks for the news flash that he has three rings….and if you read the article it says that they were the only remaining traces to those years when they won.

  49. ijahru says: Apr 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    rexismybff says:
    Apr 18, 2012 6:10 PM
    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.

    =========================

    So — Brady, Wilfork and Branch will be the only guys on the team this year who have rings for cheating?

    What a shame to see a real sports cheating dynasty fall. I guess someday Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones will have to star in some hokey kind of “Field of Dreams” movie about them, like they did for the Black Sox.

    How exactly did the Patriots cheat?

  50. bcgreg says: Apr 19, 2012 1:32 PM

    @ TonySantorsa

    I was the 1st to mention Faulk!

    ——————————-

    @ rebel21das

    I agree that Tony got a little emotional there, but PFT still messed up by leaving out Koppen. He has 2 rings with Branch and Wilfork.

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