Report: Patriots LT Matt Light to retire
Last year the Patriots re-signed then free agent Matt Light to a two-year deal to keep him around, this was after many had speculated that he’d be retiring. This offseason, the stories have been the same, speculating that Light is ready to call it a career.
Earlier this week, the long-time left tackle declined to answer whether or not he’ll be retiring. When asked if he had a timetable on his decision he said “No, not really. Although my wife has a pretty good idea on what is going to happen with me, She keeps me pretty busy.” He continued, “You know, at this point, I’m just kind of taking it day by day,” Light said. “We’ll see how it goes. Sooner than later.”
Light is 33, and had been in the league for eleven years, and those close to the situation are saying that he’ll hang up the cleats. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk is reporting that the long time protector of Tom Brady’s blindside will hang ’em up. “A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Light will indeed retire.” writes Florio.
Since joining the league in 2001 as the 48th overall pick, Light has played in 155 games, starting 153 of them while making his way to four Pro Bowls and being a part of three Super Bowl victories. A pretty good resume as he makes his way out. Light’s eventual replacement was drafted last year in Nate Solder, who was taken in the first round.
Florio also reports that there has been no official announcement on the decision, and that the Patriots will likely wait until after the draft before doing so.
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