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Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:50 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

As was the case last offseason, Patriots left guard Logan Mankins is looking for a new contract. His search was coL. Mankins (US Presswire)ntentious and unsuccessful last time, as he wound up sitting out the first seven games in protest of the restricted free agent deal that the Patriot front office stuck him in. (There were reports that Mankins had turned down a long-term deal worth around $7 million a season.)

Mankins had a career-year upon returning. He garnered Pro Bowl honors and was voted by First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

Now, he’s once again looking to cash in. The difference this time is that he is an unrestricted free agent. And given the way things unfolded in New England, he figures to bolt for a new scene….right?

Not necessarily. “There are 32 teams in play,” Mankins told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “(I’ll choose) whatever one I feel is the best situation for me.”

Mankins would not talk about his situation during the season. At the Pro Bowl – where he spoke with Guregian – he was almost equally reticent. He claimed not to have been giving his next contract much thought because of the CBA situation.

Mankins did, however, briefly respond to the controversy with Bob Kraft earlier this season. Recall there were rumors that Mankins and the Patriots had come to terms much earlier than late October, but that things fell apart when the team offended Mankins by asking him to publicly apologize to Kraft.

Did he or didn’t he wind up apologizing behind closed doors? “Well, everyone knows I apologized to Mr. Kraft,” Mankins said sarcastically. “He told everyone.”

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:49 pm
 

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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

if they tag him  that will be even harder to trade since they would have to get compinsation



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

Mankins should go to the Colts!  They got their best kicker a couple of years ago, and now they should get their best lineman?



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

I hope they learned their lesson from the Samuel situation. They need to protect Brady and provide a rulling guard to open holes for Ellis and Woodhead. I would rather sign Mankins then get some new hot shot RB in the draft.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

Pats better bring him back, they need more nastiness on that line not less. They have the 3rd lowest payroll and they can get rid of neal and kaczur to save a good 5-7millon. No excuses for letting him get away.



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Maybe it's not about the $$$$$

Has anyone given a thought to the possibility that this is not only about the money ? Perhaps Mankins just wants to go to the Super Bowl. The Steelers may not pay 7- 10 million, but at least there is a chance of winning championships.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 8:10 am
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

The Pats, without question, would put the franchise tag on him even if his intentions were to sit out the year....that is, if they there was no one else they felt more worthy of the tag.  They have historically just done their business without concern and if they think tagging him to work on a contract, or to set up a trade, is the right thing to do, they will do it....even if it means Mankins sits out.

Mankins is one of the best guards in the league but he is not regarded as the best.  Even with that said I agree with the poster who said that interior lineman, even ones as good as Mankins, simply do not command a huge paydays.  The word was that the Pats contract offer that was reported at the beginning of the season was legit and would have paid him in the top five at this position.  He claims that Pats promised to make him the highest paid.....that does not sound like a promise any smart team would make.....sounds like agent talk to me.

I hope they can sign him, heck of a player, but he has to get a little more realistic.  



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:26 am
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

Smart teams do not pay that much for interior lineman no matter how good they are. The salary cap dictates where the money goes and these days the pecking order is something like QB, LT, Pass Rusher, WR, CB . Thats where the money is going in 2011-2012. I expect TE and SS/FS are going to creep into that mix sooner than interior lineman on either side of the ball will.

One things for sure, he has played his last game for the Patriots.


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