Tribal Chief Posted July 17, 2011 Share Posted July 17, 2011 If Light goes out, bright talent steps inThe National Football League’s labor strife is expected to end this week, with an eye on training camps starting around the end of the month.In fact, the players’ antitrust lawsuit against the owners is one of the last hurdles to clear to end the lockout, the Washington Post reported yesterday.Since offseason workouts and minicamps were wiped out, rookies will be well behind previous draft classes. Therefore, most teams have adjusted their expectations, especially for positions such as quarterback and wide receiver, which require the most adjustment to the pro level.For the most part, the Patriots don’t need much help from their nine-man group. The roster is full of young, ascending players.But the Patriots could be counting on first-round pick Nate Solder to start immediately at left tackle.Matt Light, an unrestricted free agent who has been Tom Brady’s blindside protector for 10 years, may not be back. His future will likely be addressed as soon as teams can make transactions.According to a source close to the negotiations, the Patriots made what they deemed to be a fair offer to Light before the lockout started. It was rejected. The Patriots may not be willing to budge much off that number, and the team certainly won’t be looking to set the market for the 33-year-old.Light will certainly have plenty of options. Both the Falcons and Chiefs, two contending teams, have question marks at left tackle. And both personnel departments are headed by former Patriots front office executives: Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli.In Atlanta, the subpar play of left tackle Sam Baker, a first-round pick in 2008, could be the least of Dimitroff’s worries. His top three offensive linemen - right tackle Tyson Clabo, right guard Harvey Dahl, and left guard Justin Blalock - are all unrestricted free agents.By trading up in the draft to get receiver Julio Jones, Dimitroff signaled he is dead-set on winning now. Locking up Dahl and Blalock will likely be his top priorities. If the Falcons lose Clabo, they could switch Baker to the right side. That would open a spot for Light, who Dimitroff knows would settle the line.It’s no secret that the Chiefs haven’t been thrilled with left tackle Branden Albert, a 2008 first-round pick. Asked at the NFL Combine whether Albert would be the left tackle in 2011, coach Todd Haley said, “He will be as long as he’s the best one.’’Like Atlanta, the Chiefs did not take a tackle in the draft, and Albert could be switched to right tackle if a player such as Light is deemed a better option.The Patriots know Light has value, and he definitely could return. But what if he doesn’t? Where does that leave the Patriots?Continued...It's a 5 page article so I only posted the part about our team Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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