Curran: Patriots prefer to keep Light on

Curran: Patriots prefer to keep Light on
July 27, 2011, 5:41 pm
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By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
All's quiet on the Foxborofree agency front so far. Which is just the way the New England Patriots like it. They don't want anyone all up in their business -- they don't believe there's any upside in that. So you don't hear a peep from inside the building about possible signings and -- after they finish telling agents to keep conversations confidential -- you rarely hear a peep from outside the building either. Efforts to contact Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for DEOLB Matt Roth -- a logical target for New England -- have been met with "Too busy, sorry...click..." which is awesome. Scads ofcalls toother agents have resulted in unreturned messages or a reticence to divulge what's going on. The most intriguing re-signing story for the Pats right now is at left tackle. Matt Light is an unrestricted free agent. The Patriots want him to remain in town. So far, his agent Ben Dogra hasn't returned texts or calls about the progress being made to do so, but Light hasn't been mentioned yet as being headed elsewhere. Light trained in Foxboro throughout the lockout. He's entrenched here as a player and part of the community with his charitable work and his young kids. He has, in the past, signed team-friendly deals. The Patriots need him to help the transition of rookie first-rounder Nate Solder. Solder might be good enough and smart enough to start right away, but why risk that? Length of deal may be the important consideration for Light. Clearly, the team would like Solder to be a starter by next season. That means Light's offer would have to take that into consideration. Do they give him a two-year offer at starter money or backup money? Does he accept less than a two-year deal? There's a lot of money flying around out there and left tackle is always a widespread position of need. The Patriots would like to keep Matt Light around. How badly he wants to stay and how much they're willing to give up to convince him are what we're about to learn. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran