FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Matt Light on a contract that would keep him protecting Tom Brady's blind side for two more years, a person familiar with the deal said Monday.
Light would earn up to $12 million, with $7 million guaranteed, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
A Patriots spokesman did not respond to an inquiry about Light. Nick Caserio, the director of player personnel, said Sunday that "conversations are ongoing."
"Matt's been a good player for us for a long time," he said. "Matt's made a lot of contributions to this team. He's been a good player for us, so we'll see what happens."
"He's a great guy, great for this team, great in the community," Brady said. "I can't say enough about Matt. I hope he's back but those decisions aren't up to me. Matt's performance speaks for itself."
Guard Stephen Neal retired after nine seasons. Guard Logan Mankins was designated as the franchise player, one year after he held out seven games rather than accept the tag; he reported on time this year. Tackle Nick Kaczur, who spent last season on injured reserve, was cut.
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