We don’t have to wait for Logan Mankins’ statement.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com spoke with Mankins Monday and confirmed the guard does not plan to sign his restricted free agent tender on Monday. He does hope to leave town.
“I want to be traded,” Mankins said. “I don’t need to be here any more.”
Mankins’ frustration is typical of players that should be free agents this year, stuck in contractual limbo.
This entire offseason has forced us to re-think the notion the players decisively “won” the last round of labor negotiations. Sure, the owners signed a deal with which they quickly (instantly?) grew uncomfortable.
But players like Mankins, Nick Mangold, and Vincent Jackson can tell you that the negotiated parameters of the uncapped year have proven to be a bummer for many.