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OT Matt Light Retires

The Patriots reported to the league office that veteran offensive tackle Matt Light has been placed on the “Reserve/Retired” list.

Though Light has been coy about his future plans, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported last week that Light was expected to retire this off-season.

A second round pick out of Purdue in 2001, Light started 153 of 155 games over the last 11 seasons, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl rings in five Super Bowl appearances. Light is a member of the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary and All-2000s teams. Signed to a two-year, $12 million contract from last August, Light started 15 regular season and three playoff games in 2011. Light had been scheduled to earn $5 million in 2012, which will come off the team’s salary cap.

Light’s retirement opens the door for 2011 first round pick Nate Solder or 2010 second round pick Sebastien Vollmer to start at left tackle. The 6-foot-8, 319-pound Solder started 13 of 16 regular season games and played in 76 percent of the offensive snaps, either at right tackle or as a tackle-eligible, as Vollmer missed ten games with injuries.

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