The Patriots have their left tackle back.
Matt Light has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the team, two league sources said tonight. The financial terms of the deal were not immediately known.
Light was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, but it appears neither side desired a parting of the ways. Light did not visit any other teams since the NFL resumed business last week.
Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio hinted today that Light could be returning. The two sides have been working on a deal since late last week.
“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.”
Light, 33, will be playing his 11th season this year. He has protected the blindside of quarterback Tom Brady since starting 15 games (including playoffs) as a rookie in 2001.
There was some question as to whether the Patriots would retain Light after they drafted Nate Solder with the 17th overall pick in April’s draft. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer has started at left tackle in 2009 when Light was injured, and has played the left side so far in training camp.
Solder is still unsigned, and the Patriots likely thought it might not be wise to start a rookie who, because of the lockout, did not after the benefits of offseason practices and mini-camps.
Having Light back in the fold means all five starters that ended last season — Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Dan Connolly and Vollmer — are on track to start the season opener.