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Matt Light working on a deal to join ESPN

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Speculation about Matt Light’s retirement dragged out through the winter and spring. But once summer vacation’s over, he’s about to be back in football in a new capacity.

As Alper mentioned in the one-liners this morning, the former Patriots left tackle said he was near a deal to join ESPN’s sizable stable of former player/analysts, according to Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News.

“I’m working with ESPN right now trying to finalize a contract,” Light said. “I want to see how that goes. Football has been a big part of my life – for the majority of my life – and the TV stuff would help me keep one foot in the door of that world and have some fun with it, too.”

The 11-year starter was known as one of the brightest players and best with the media during his time with the Patriots, so the transition should be a smooth one.

Anyone who’s covered an NFL team knows that within the locker room, going to the blockers is often the easiest path to actual insight, so we’re looking forward to seeing what Light brings to a profession that’s leaned more toward “look-at-me” and less toward analysis in recent years.

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19 Responses to “Matt Light working on a deal to join ESPN”
  1. nfloracle says: Jul 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    Sign the man. He’ll be great!

  2. blacknole08 says: Jul 2, 2012 12:10 PM

    I like it! Now get rid of Cris Carter!

  3. checkitd0wn says: Jul 2, 2012 12:10 PM

    Why? What can this bozo offer that every other bozo on the network can’t?

  4. marvsleezy says: Jul 2, 2012 12:23 PM

    They need to hire more former Patriots for these jobs, there are not enough of them in the business already.

  5. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Jul 2, 2012 12:26 PM

    Yeah, Matt Light is legit.. he’s a smart dude. and pretty funny. less pretentious than bruschi and those other clowns. good move on espns part.

  6. shackdelrio says: Jul 2, 2012 12:26 PM

    “Anyone who’s covered an NFL team knows that within the locker room, going to the blockers is often the easiest path to actual insight, so we’re looking forward to seeing what Light brings to a profession that’s leaned more toward “look-at-me” and less toward analysis in recent years.”

    Well…he can’t be worse than Damian Woody.

  7. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Jul 2, 2012 12:28 PM

    @checkitd0wn says: Jul 2, 2012 12:10 PM

    Why? What can this bozo offer that every other bozo on the network can’t?
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    You’ll know why after listening to him brah

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 2, 2012 12:33 PM

    Bruschi out, Light in. Smart move. No one likes Tedy Lecap Bruschi.

  9. CKL says: Jul 2, 2012 12:37 PM

    I hope the first thing he does is talk about all the pranks he pulled on BB. He’s had some doozies.
    He will be tremendous. He’s funny and smart and knows when to shut up…which is half the battle with some of those guys.

  10. duanethomas says: Jul 2, 2012 12:39 PM

    Let’s see how this works. Be the team of the decade and the next decade several members go into the broadcast booth. Steelers of the 70’s. Bradshaw and Swann. Several others tried but failed. 49ers Montana and Lott failed, Cross still covering regional college games. Cowboys …Aikman, Johnson, Irving, Sanders….Mr “blowed up” Smith failed at two networks. Now here comes the Pats……great. Howard Cosell is turning over in his grave.

  11. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jul 2, 2012 12:51 PM

    Matt Light is articulate, and I have every expectation that his football analysis will be insightful. He was a consummate professional on and off the field during his playing years in New England. He will undoubtedly carry over his record of professionalism to the airwaves and be a valuable addition to ESPN’s football coverage.

  12. profootballwalk says: Jul 2, 2012 1:31 PM

    Light will be a big success. He’s kind of a good ol’ boy, always talking about hunting and guns, so the cousin-effer part of the NFL audience will love him.

  13. greymares says: Jul 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    O linemen make the best analysts.

  14. playmaker21 says: Jul 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    Imagine that, a former New England Patriots player working at ESPN. They already have half of their 2003 team already working there. This is a major problem that ESPN has. Too many former New York and Boston ex-professional athletes working there. Branch out for pete’s sake.

  15. chatham10 says: Jul 2, 2012 1:51 PM

    I’m not a Patriot fan but I think he would do a great job and maybe he could replace Boomer Berman on the first Monday Night game.

  16. queenlivekillers says: Jul 2, 2012 4:04 PM

    Stop the madness! How many more analysts can ESPN shoehorn into their NFL coverage? Their Sunday pregame is already a bloated mess. I have to wonder if they are just signing talent to keep them from joining another overblown trainwreck, Fox NFL Sunday.

  17. backindasaddle says: Jul 2, 2012 9:02 PM

    He’ll be good. He’s articulate, intelligent and professional….but he also has a sort of juvenile playfulness about him where he’s always pranking his colleagues and has a real fun nature about him. I just wish they would bounce Michael Irvine. He’s nothing but a blowviating, obnoxious idiot. I don’t even know what network he works for because I change the channel immediately upon seeing him.

  18. patsfiend says: Jul 5, 2012 3:00 PM

    Light will be good. He’s funny as heck and has a “booming” voice and personality. The Pats domination of the airwaves continues… and it’s not a coincidence, they draft / acquire smart guys that can cut it on TV or radio (more often than not.)

  19. idealisticapathetic says: Jul 7, 2012 8:43 PM

    sign and trade.

    sign matt light.

    trade chris berman to a hungry cannibal.

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