In no particular order, here are 10 things we learned this week about the Patriots and the NFL:



FOXBORO -- Asked Thursday if he sees his role potentially changing if veteran Matt Light does decide to retire, Nate Solder said he’s ready for pretty much anything.

“I don’t know what my role is going to be,” Solder said when asked about Light and his future. “Right now, my mindset is to get better. There’s a lot I have to improve on, and that’s what I’m going to work on right now and improve on.”

Patriots left tackle Matt Light, one of the few remaining links to Super Bowl XXXVI left on the roster, will retire, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. Light's playing status has been a topic since the end the 2011 season, but he has refused to commit one way or another, including when pressed by reporters at an event on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Light has been a part of three Super Bowl teams since he entered the league as a second-round pick out of Purdue in 2001, and has started 153 regular-season games over the course of his 11-year career in New England.

The NFL announced the 2012 regular-season schedule, and the Patriots will be featured in at least four nationally televised games during the regular season, including a Thanksgiving night game at the Jets on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8:20 p.m.

A league source has confirmed the report that Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love has signed his one-year, exclusive rights free agent tender with the team, and was present for the start of New England's offseason program on Monday. The 25-year-old Love, a 6-foot-1, 310-pounder out of Mississippi State, started 13 games last season for the Patriots and had 33 tackles (20 solo) and three sacks. The Boston Globe was the first to report the news. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The NFL has announced that the 2012 regular-season schedule will be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network and NFL.com.

Along with their usual dates against AFC East foes in 2012, the Patriots will play one game against each of the AFC South and NFC West teams. They also play the first-place teams of the AFC West (Denver) and the AFC North (Baltimore).

In no particular order, here are 10 things we learned this week about the Patriots and the NFL:



Free-agent linebacker Gary Guyton has signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, according to a league source. The 26-year-old Guyton played the last four seasons with the Patriots, and has started 32 games with 229 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks over the course of his career with New England. A 6-foot-3, 245-pound inside linebacker known for his speed, he started every game for the Patriots in 2009 and finished with a career-high 85 tackles that season. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Kicker Chris Koepplin has agreed to terms on a free agent contract with the Patriots, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. Koepplin played college football at UMass and was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent last year but was released before the beginning of the regular season.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is under contract until 2014 and is due to make $2.1 million in 2012.

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A league source confirms that the Patriots and center Dan Koppen have agreed to a new two-year contract. The 32-year-old Koppen, a 2003 fifth round pick out of Boston College, has started 120 of 121 games over the nine years in New England. Koppen missed all but one game in 2011 with a fractured ankle. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.