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Patriots Preparing to Lose Both Dan Koppen and Matt Light This Offseason

The Patriots are prepared for the potential departures of center Dan Koppen and left tackle Matt Light, Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe reports.

The 32-year-old Koppen, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the season-opener against the Miami Dolphins, will be an unrestricted free agent in March. His replacement, Dan Connolly, is also an unrestricted free agent who the team hopes to re-sign. The Patriots also have Nick McDonald under contract. A former practice squad player started one game for the Patriots this season.

Light, who turns 34 in June, may retire or be asked to restructure his contract this off-season. Light is due $3.4 million in base salary and has a $100,000 workout bonus plus $1.5 million in “likely to be earned incentives”. The Patriots would clear $5 million of cap space if he were to retire.

New England has third-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer and used their 2011 first round pick on Nate Solder, who is expected to be the team’s future at left tackle.

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