The New England Patriots are coming off a Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants and have quite a few impending free agents this offseason. One player who's currently under contract but could be released is left tackle Matt Light. Light is due $3.4 million in salary for the 2012 season plus a $100,000 workout bonus. The Patriots have a lot of young players on the offensive line they can work in, and according to a report by The Boston Herald, Light might be considering retirement. Even if Light does not retire, the Herald states that he is not expected back with the team.
While it hasn't been said officially, the expectation is that Matt Light will not be back next year (with retirement definitely possible).
Offensive guard Marcus Cannon is mentioned as a possibility to move to offensive tackle and compete with former first-round pick Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, and Matt Kopa. Light was originally drafted by the Patriots in the second-round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Light started 12 of his first 14 games as a rookie and has been a stalwart on the Patriots offensive line ever since.