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Patriots place Matt Light on reserve/retired list

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We still haven’t heard confirmation directly from Matt Light about his intentions for next season, but it’s looking more and more like he’s finished playing football.

PFT reported that the longtime Patriots left tackle would retire last week and the Patriots placed Light on the reserve/retired list on Tuesday, according to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and others. The move can be reversed if Light announces his intention to play again, but the move means that he is now officially considered retired by the NFL.

The move opens up a spot on the 90-man roster and frees up around $5 million in cap room for the Patriots. They could now shift their draft focus to add depth at offensive tackle. Nate Solder, who held up well as a rookie in 2011, is the logical choice to replace Light with Sebastian Vollmer remaining the starter on the right side.

Light, a second-round pick in 2001, started 153 games for the Patriots, made four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team during his 11-year career.

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16 Responses to “Patriots place Matt Light on reserve/retired list”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Apr 24, 2012 6:09 PM

    Is he still available for parties?

  2. waltdawg says: Apr 24, 2012 6:13 PM

    OK….Keep us posted!?????

  3. eastsideballa says: Apr 24, 2012 6:16 PM

    Spygate > Bounties

  4. tombradyallday says: Apr 24, 2012 6:21 PM

    only player to block for brees at purdue and brady. he held it down for brady for 11 years

  5. porterhouse12 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:03 PM

    Good dude, wish him the best of luck.

  6. rarelyclever says: Apr 24, 2012 7:45 PM

    I doubt the Pats would bother opening up a spot for an 8th training camp CB by shelving a good left tackle. So long, Light.

  7. bozosforall says: Apr 24, 2012 7:50 PM

    tombradyallday says:
    Apr 24, 2012 6:21 PM

    he held for brady for 11 years
    __
    Fixed it for you.

  8. TheWizard says: Apr 24, 2012 7:52 PM

    He had a very good year. It’s gotta be a tough decision to go out at the top of your game.

  9. jjmurphy1127d says: Apr 24, 2012 7:55 PM

    If he can get himself healthy, still wants to play, and the price is reasonable, Clifton may be an interesting veteran replacement option for Light like Waters was for Neal last year. Speaking of which, Pats may also need to draft a young OL, especially if Waters does not come back for 1 more season.

  10. phailing101 says: Apr 24, 2012 8:07 PM

    Freeney and Mathis will miss embarrassing him every time they play.

    - Colts fan

  11. 6ball says: Apr 24, 2012 8:25 PM

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    Durability …..the guy played 11 seasons in the trenches and was fortunate enough to never suffer a major injury .

    .

  12. jerrycola says: Apr 24, 2012 8:29 PM

    James Harrison took Matt Light to school back in 2008. Luckily for the Pats, it was Cassel playing QB and not Brady, otherwise, Dirty Harry would have inflicted some serious pain to Marcia Brady.

  13. infectorman says: Apr 24, 2012 9:43 PM

    bOZO the4thgrader says:

    says: Apr 24, 2012 7:50 PM

    tombradyallday says:
    Apr 24, 2012 6:21 PM

    he held for brady for 11 years
    __
    Fixed it for you.
    ***************************

    11 years. Long time.
    But nowhere near as long as you’ve been whining and crying like the little schoolgirl you are about the Pats…

    NEW YORK YANKEES
    AMERICA’S ORIGINAL MERCENARY “TEAM”

    (attempting to) buy Championships for over 100 years !!!

  14. rexismybff says: Apr 24, 2012 10:28 PM

    Late at night in the basement of the Light house, Matt is still awake, working at the workbench:

    “No matter how much I polish and buff, can’t seem to get the taint out of these rings!!”

  15. rexryanstoecheese says: Apr 24, 2012 10:43 PM

    @rexismybff:

    Filming opposing teams signals from the sidelines was legal in the NFL up until 2007.

    Please explain how NE got an unfair advantage prior to then when it was legal up until the end of the 2006 season?
    Oh yeah, it was also proven that NE never taped the Rams walk-through.
    So, I’ll wait patiently for all the haters to answer the question and I won’t hold my breath…

  16. NakedCowboy! says: Apr 25, 2012 2:32 AM

    what a career! he wouldn’t make it to canton but his body work is impressive!
    huge part of the most consistent and dominant offense of last decade…

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