The New England Patriots released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Matt Light's retirement.
On Monday, May 7, 2012, the New England Patriots will host a press conference to formally announce the retirement of Matt Light after a stellar 11-year NFL career. The press conference will be held at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon starting at 10:30 a.m. Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft will be on hand. Drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, over the next 11 years Matt Light appeared in 175 games, starting 173 at left tackle for the Patriots, including five Super Bowls and six AFC Championship games. He earned Pro Bowl honors three times and was selected to the New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team. In 2002, he started the Light Foundation, through which he continues to conduct his many philanthropic endeavors (for more information visit http:www.mattlightfoundation.org). In 2005, he earned the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award, which is presented annually to the Patriots player who makes the greatest contributions both on the field and in the community.
The Jaguars had plenty of talent last season, especially on defense.
But question marks remained due to some of their offensive players.
Could Blake Bortles play well enough to support the strong play of the Jacksonville defense?
He delivered this past season and helped bring the team to the AFC Championship.
Now he will be in Jacksonville for several years to come.
According to a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Bortles and the Jags have agreed to a new 3-year contract worth $54m.
Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the extension, adding that Bortles can earn up to $66.5m with incentives. The contract includes $26.5m guaranteed.
As he contemplates retirement to either become a wrestler or an action movie hero, Rob Gronkowski appears to be contemplating more than that.
OK, that's great. So, are you coming back to catch to touchdown passes from Tom Brady or not?
Not quite as easy to translate as Gronk's famous "pay cut" tweet from spring 2016, is it?
The tweet doesn't shed much light on it and whether the retirement talk is for real or a "contract ploy", the Gronk question looms over the Patriots' offseason as much as the Malcolm Butler mystery. It's actually more impactful since Butler's days in Foxboro are over. Are Gronk's?
As NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran put it this week:
They can’t just sit with their hands folded in their laps and wait until Gronk gets around to deciding. They need to know is he in or is he out? Or if he’s completely ambivalent, at which point, would trading him be a horrific idea?
"...your destiny will be not just be reached, it will just be starting." Hmmm.