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New England Patriots Signings: Matt Light Reportedly Inks Two-Year Deal With Patriots

According to Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots and free agent left tackle Matt Light have agreed to a two-year contract. The terms of the contract have not yet been disclosed.

Bringing back Light was a relatively easy move for the Patriots, as he knows Bill Belichick's system so well and has had tremendous success on the Patriots' offensive line. In his 10-year career, Light has made the Pro Bowl three times and was selected as an All-Pro in 2007 and has been Tom Brady's blind-side protector since Brady began starting games.

With Light locked in for two years as the team's left tackle, first-round selection Nate Solder will likely get some time to develop and serve as Light's backup. Solder, a 6-foot-8 and 319-pound left tackle out of the University of Colorado was selected No. 17 overall by the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft as the left tackle of the future.

Early Sunday, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio hinted that the Patriots were close to retaining their veteran right tackle.

"Matt's been a good player for us for a long time," Caserio said. "I'd say there are discussions that are ongoing. I don't want to put a timetable on it, but Matt's made a lot of contributions to this team. He's been a good player for us, so we'll see what happens." (via Boston Globe)

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