Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio Hints at Matt Light’s Return to Patriots

Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio Hints at Matt Light's Return to Patriots FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio made an interesting comment Sunday while discussing free agent left tackle Matt Light.

The Patriots have been in conversations with Light, who spent the first 10 years of his career in New England.

"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."

At the risk of grossly overreacting, I'm going to read a little more into that comment and extract something that really stood out. First, it's important that the two sides are discussing a potential contract.

More significantly, Caserio brought up a "timetable." That word would only be used, in my opinion, if Caserio was extremely optimistic about re-signing Light. After all, who puts a timetable on a free man's departure?

The Patriots used a first-round pick on left tackle Nate Solder in April's draft, and there has been a wild amount of money tossed around the free-agent market. Both of those reasons made it look like Light might have played his last down in New England.

And hey, that could still be very true. But when I read a little more into Caserio's comment, I started to think that Light's return is a very realistic possibility.