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Light remains mum on future

But signs point toward retiring

By Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / April 19, 2012
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At a charity event Wednesday afternoon, Patriots tackle Matt Light remained vague about his plans for the 2012 season, though signs continue to point to him calling it a career.

Appearing with tight end Rob Gronkowski at the BTIG Commissions for Charity Day in Boston, Light was coy when asked if he is going to retire.

“At this point, I’m just kind of taking it day-by-day, but we’ll see how it goes,’’ Light said via NESN.com. “[The decision will come] sooner than later.’’

Light, a second-round draft pick in 2001, said he does not have a timetable for deciding whether he’ll play out the second year of the two-year contract he signed last summer.

“No, not really,’’ he said, “although my wife has a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen with me. She keeps me busy.’’

Light has been in his native Ohio, and has not been taking part in the Patriots voluntary offseason workout program, which began Monday. He said he didn’t even know the program had begun.

On Wednesday night, ProFootballTalk.com, citing a source, said that Light will retire, though that has been reported for several weeks. At this point, it seems more a matter of when it will become official rather than whether it will happen.

If Light retires, Tom Brady will be the only player remaining on the New England roster with three Super Bowl rings.

Also at Wednesday’s event, Gronkowski said he is still just doing core and upper-body workouts. He is no longer in a walking boot after having ankle surgery Feb. 10 but cannot yet run. The timetable for his recovery initially was placed at three months.

Koppen details

A league source confirmed the details of Dan Koppen’s contract. The veteran center will make $850,000 in base salary in 2012 and $1.1 million in base in 2013. In each season, he will get a per-game roster bonus of $12,500. For the coming season, he received a $350,000 signing bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus, and he counts $1.187 million against the cap. In 2013, that number is $1.487 million.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.

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