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Agent: Patriots handling of Mankins a “travesty”

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In a pair of interviews Thursday evening, the agent for guard Logan Mankins blasted the Patriots once again for how the team has treated his client.

Mankins’ camp took the scorched Earth approach last offseason without great results.   But Mankins’ agent Frank Bauer couldn’t hold in his frustrations any longer after a relatively long period of quiet.

“One of the best players on your football team (a player) that the coaching staff respects, it’s a travesty what they’ve done with this player,” Bauer told Tom Curran of CSNNE.com.

Bauer says they are weighing their options regarding whether Mankins will sign the tag and/or play for the Patriots in 2010.  It will be a little tougher for Mankins to get sympathy this season when he’s set to make more than $10 million.

“They keep using the system against him,” Bauer added. “And we’re at a tough point in time because they said they would never tag him, time’s have changed, now they tag him. In negotiations last year they said, ‘We’re never tagging a guard. A guard’s not worth it.’ Now he’s worth it?”

Bauer also spoke to the Boston Herald Thursday evening, with basically the same points.  He sounds like a frustrated guy out of ideas who needed to blow off a little steam, knowing full well that his words won’t help get the deal he and Mankins so dearly want.

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  1. jameswestphal says: Feb 24, 2011 8:35 PM

    I think they need to pay this guy.

  2. jerruhjones says: Feb 24, 2011 8:38 PM

    A travesty? It’s football…try to keep things in perspective.

  3. blackglass3 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:39 PM

    Fans: Agent complaining about Mankins making $10M a “travesty”

  4. grantgoodman93 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:40 PM

    The Patriots handling of nobody is a “travesty” because quite frankly, if you are not Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, or Bill Billecheck (sp), it has been PROVEN that you are not needed

  5. blahman64 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:41 PM

    Even though he wants a long-term contract, he’s still earning a crapload of money with the franchise tag. I don’t think I’d be complaining.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:42 PM

    It is kinda messed up. I think teams should have means of keeping their best players, but at a certain point it’s hardly fair to deny a guy the opportunity to seek some security.

  7. cromags says: Feb 24, 2011 8:43 PM

    Translation: We want more money.

  8. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:46 PM

    I really like Mankins and I apprieciate what he does for the Patriots and his agent understand there is going to be a lockout? For God’s sakes the man will be making 10 million dollars this year thats more then some people make in their entire life! I wish they would just keep quiet and start acting professional.

  9. axltcu says: Feb 24, 2011 8:47 PM

    Normally this is to be expected from the Pats but it seems to me that Mankins (Bauer) is the one being unreasonable this time.

  10. frankiefiveangels says: Feb 24, 2011 8:48 PM

    This guy Bauer is so insufferable. The reason teams rarely, if ever, franchise a guard is because the franchise salary for a guard or center is the average of the top Offensive Lineman, usually the top Left Tackles. Thats why the highest average salary for a guard is around 8 million per year but the franchise tag for Mankins is 10 million per year. Ryan Kalil is thrilled with his franchise tag because he knows that (at least for one year) he is vastly overpaid. If Bauer would vanish a long term deal for Mankins would get done.

  11. wheresmyjuice says: Feb 24, 2011 8:51 PM

    Wah Wah…Your client is still making millions of dollars. Don’t go crying to the public just because the Pats organization is better at playing the game than you are.

  12. jc1958cool says: Feb 24, 2011 8:52 PM

    if the guy is that good, then sign him long term!
    if not let someone else d it!

  13. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Feb 24, 2011 8:54 PM

    They blow off and treat their best lineman like crap, but protect and coddle the other lineman who is an admitted OXyContin addict, pill smuggler, and snitch.
    Classy Patriots organization. Real classy.
    Hey Greedy Bobby Kraft, been sueing anymore of your season ticket holders and club seat holders lately?

  14. nepatriots128154 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:54 PM

    This is a complete and utter travesty. The Patriots havecompletely mistreated Mankins. Boy, they have some nerve to go and give him $10 million dollars for a year of service! How dare they treat him like this!

  15. help me says: Feb 24, 2011 9:00 PM

    “They keep using the system against him,” Bauer added”.

    You mean the system that Mankins union agreed to?

  16. moochzilla says: Feb 24, 2011 9:04 PM

    “For God’s sakes the man will be making 10 million dollars this year thats more then some people make in their entire life!”

    I am guessing that what you do and what you make would be an amazing and unthinkably awesome gig for some guy who lives in the hinterlands of impoverished India.

    That guy, and many people in the 3rd world, would kill for your job. Literally. And they’d do it for about $3,000 a year. And probably work 60 hours. And not ask for medical.

    So I guess I can expect you to walk into you company tomorrow and offer to work for $3,000?

  17. redgreen3b1 says: Feb 24, 2011 9:05 PM

    They all play this security card! Every mofo with any sense knows that an NFL contract longer than 1 year is meaningless anyway. So 2 me if they franchise U. So what! It means just as much as a 10 year contract.

  18. slice60 says: Feb 24, 2011 9:06 PM

    “For God’s sakes the man will be making 10 million dollars this year thats more then some people make in their entire life…”

    SOME people? $10 mil. If you work for 40 years & make $250K in EVERY one of those 40 years, that comes to $10 mil.

    I would say that $10 mil is more than what ALMOST EVERY PERSON makes in a lifetime.

  19. habsman says: Feb 24, 2011 9:07 PM

    Michael David Smith thinks this is a really sneaky way for this agent to be behaving.

  20. eagleswin says: Feb 24, 2011 9:08 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Feb 24, 2011 8:42 PM
    It is kinda messed up. I think teams should have means of keeping their best players, but at a certain point it’s hardly fair to deny a guy the opportunity to seek some security.

    —————————————-

    How is $10 MILLION not security? Neither this man nor his kids should ever have to work if he collects that much money.

  21. higgs75 says: Feb 24, 2011 9:17 PM

    Let me preface my rant with this; Logan Mankins, much like Vince Wilfork, deserves to get paid market value. I wouldn’t give him a Jahri Evans contract, but I’d give him one just a tick lower. We cannot afford lose a player of his caliber, at a position of great need.

    With that said, his agent is a jack-ass. He complains that making over $10 million dollars for one season is a travesty and poor treatment of his client – there are countless players that would consider this contract the complete opposite of tragedy. He cries that the Pats are using the system against his client – while the Pats might have not intended to use the Tag on a Guard because of how costly it is, but they recognize his worth not only to them but on the market as well and know they couldn’t come close to duplicating this otherwise, and are using the “system” as is defined and allowed in the CBA that his union had negotiated and agreed to.

    I’m sick of players crying that the Franchise Tag is applied to them. It means that their club will pay anything, albeit on a one-year deal, to retain them at all costs. They should stop whining and be happy that they’re making the average of the top-5 of their respective positions, in a profession that is grossly overpaid in the gand scheme of life.

    SUCK IT UP, PLAY FOOTBALL, CASH YOUR CHECKS, AND SHUT UP!!!!

  22. frobaggins says: Feb 24, 2011 9:21 PM

    only travesty is the agents last name is bauer. guy doesn’t deserve the possibility of being called agent bauer, jack would be disgusted

  23. backindasaddle says: Feb 24, 2011 9:34 PM

    What’s a “travesty” is the way THIS AGENT has handled the whole thing. He has given his client the wrong advise at every turn and his tactics don’t work with the Patriots. The Patriots are extremely smart, disciplined and fiscally responsible with regards to managing the entire operation. They will not be bullied by any agent or any player. They will agree to fair contracts but it will not be dictated upon them by some weasel agent. This agent has played his cards wrong, advised his client poorly and this is the result. The Pats will do everything they can, within their guidelines of responsible management, to sign Mankins. They value him highly as a player and like him as a strong locker room guy and person.

    The AGENT is the problem. He has already cost his client a boatload of money because he advised Mankins to boycott/sit-out for the first half of last season. This was a strong arm tactic that the Pats would never cave into and this dope agent should have known it. Mankins is being very poorly represented by this moron and he should know that the Pats do not respond to those sorts of tactics. The Pats history on this stuff is very clear. The agent is an idiot.

  24. steeelfann says: Feb 24, 2011 9:39 PM

    More union crap…………..sigh.

  25. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 24, 2011 9:40 PM

    I wish someone would insult me with $10 million.

  26. cromartieskids says: Feb 24, 2011 9:40 PM

    travesty here is the agent wanting brady money for a rg… i know mankins is a mean dude, but hes probably replaceable in the 2nd or 3rd round… for 500k a year…

  27. Kave Krew says: Feb 24, 2011 9:45 PM

    I think the agent is frustrated because the agent wants his big time money.

  28. rcali says: Feb 24, 2011 9:47 PM

    Call the Whhhaaambulance.

  29. moochzilla says: Feb 24, 2011 9:50 PM

    He should only be allowed to make the median salary of the general public. That seems to be the opinion of many.

    But you know that’s Communism, right?

    No one made these owners pay this much. No one made the Raiders hand millions to Jemarcus Russell. They chose to.

    No argument that the agent’s faux outrage is laughable. But, hey, that’s his job.

  30. moochzilla says: Feb 24, 2011 9:52 PM

    steeelfann

    So you want socialism, right? Mankins can only make the same as you make?

    I’m sorry – he has a unique skill that makes his team and league millions. You don’t.

    Deal with it.

  31. vbe2 says: Feb 24, 2011 9:53 PM

    Agent: Patriots handling of Mankins a “travesty”
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on February 24, 2011, 8:33 PM EST

    Bauer says they are weighing their options regarding whether Mankins will sign the tag and/or play for the Patriots in 2010.
    ==================================

    I think 2010 has already been played….

  32. moochzilla says: Feb 24, 2011 9:54 PM

    If he worked for Lehman Brothers and wrecked the economy none of you would have a problem with what he way paid, and you’d back your Republican president in giving him federal funds to cover his losses (drawn from your tax dollars).

    But he works with his hands, so he doesn’t deserve to get rich off his skills.

    Welcome to 21st century America!

    Suckers.

  33. moochzilla says: Feb 24, 2011 9:57 PM

    “How is $10 MILLION not security? Neither this man nor his kids should ever have to work if he collects that much money.”

    Someone in rural China would say that about a guy who makes $15,000. Are you OK with cutting your salary back to $15,000?

    Or do you get the maximum you can given the financial situation of your company and industry? Check the NFL and Pats, they’re doing very well.

  34. gargoyletoes says: Feb 24, 2011 10:17 PM

    Right off: I’m a Pats fan.

    That the agent is an idiot in trying to apply tactics that wold work on the Bengals and Cowboys on the Patriots is, indeed, stupid.

    One does need to remember that everything is relative. We will not make ten mil in our lifetimes, true. That Bill would pay this amount for a RG shows how solid the player is and how important he is to the team’s fortunes and the profits to be made therefrom. Players DO seek safety in that they have a short amount of time to gain as much as they can (and Logan is lucky to have stayed healthy enough through these machinations to get to this payout).

    I don’t fault Mankins in his frustration to get a large signing bonus and the pot of gold given out to players lucky enough to have been drafted by less successful franchises. The Pats can certainly be faulted for holding firm and appearing cheap. Nevertheless, after Law, Vinatieri, Vrabel, Cassel and the others, they well kow that we, their fans, will support their rational management of delicate situations.

    Mankins needs to play the game a little smarter, but he should be thankful that he’s on a team that made him a star through proper coaching.

  35. dldove77 says: Feb 24, 2011 10:21 PM

    Unless he has a time machine, Mankins won’t have to decide whether or not to play for the Patriots in 2010…

    Another Rosenthal typo! You can count on at least one of those in every article he writes.

  36. vikinghooper says: Feb 24, 2011 10:33 PM

    There are two simple points here and we all should think where we fall in the continuum.
    People who are highly skilled deserve to earn what their value is in the market.
    The NFL owners thought ahead and didn’t want their name players to have the mobility that their NBA brethren presently enjoy and coined a popular term , the Franchise Tag, and fairly collectively bargained for it.
    It turns out this is relatively bad for the player, because they will make less even if they are the franchise player.
    The fair way to resolve this dilemma would be to make the franchise tag a three year contract, 50% would be the signing bonus and the three year contract would be divided equally with the other 50%.
    The amount would be the average of the top 25 salaries in the league.
    The teams would then only franchise truly franchise players, and the players would be more happy as contracts are essentially only three year contracts anyway.
    Remember all you people, if the player who gets concussions and dies early doesn’t get paid, the owner does. Simple as that. Think about it.

  37. seanmmartin says: Feb 24, 2011 10:40 PM

    This REALLY isn’t that difficult to comprehend–and I know that Bauer is just protecting his client–but if you play for New England under Belichick, then you are a part of a system.

    Write it down; lock it up.

    There is one exception: his name is Tom Brady.

    Who was the next closest, you ask? Troy Brown. Play for the Patriots for eight-plus years, follow the system 100%, don’t whine, and you’ll find your place in Patriot Place.

  38. tbd3 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:10 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Travesty? First of all, what a freakin’ exaggeration! It’s football. Calm down. Second, he is set to make over ten million dollars. Get over yourself.

  39. tbd3 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:13 PM

    “rpiotr01 says:

    Feb 24, 2011 8:42 PM
    It is kinda messed up. I think teams should have means of keeping their best players, but at a certain point it’s hardly fair to deny a guy the opportunity to seek some security.”

    Security? Do you mean the lack of a long-term contract? He is making ten million dollars! If he can’t safely invest that, something is wrong. That is a ridiculous sum of money that should be able to support him somewhat comfortably for the rest of his life. It’s not the Patriots’ fault that he can’t save up money from his ridiculously overpriced salary to provide “security”.

  40. richm2256 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:18 PM

    “One of the best players on your football team (a player) that the coaching staff respects, it’s a travesty what they’ve done with this player,”
    ————————————————–

    A “travesty” ……..

    Yeah, they’ve paid this guy MILLIONS of dollars to play football ……… those ba$tards!

    Every time Mankins seems to endear himself to the fans, this moron agent of his jumps up and makes him look stupid and greedy. Mankins listened to this clown last year and it cost him HUGE bucks to follow his advice. How this idiot is still Mankins’ agent is a mystery.

  41. moochzilla says: Feb 24, 2011 11:26 PM

    “Travesty? First of all, what a freakin’ exaggeration! It’s football. Calm down. Second, he is set to make over ten million dollars. Get over yourself.”

    Some dude is running a mule over a rice paddy in Cambodia for $1,000 a year. Tops. And no medical.

    To him…YOU are Logan Mankins making a crapload of $ to do an easy and exciting job.

    So, should you take less?

    That makes about as much sense as what you said.

    I respect your right to make as much as you can, while still being profitable. Respect mine. Respect Logan’s.

    The NFL is making a ton of money. The Pats are making a ton of money.

    Why do people cry when Logan makes a ton of money?

    And people said the Eagles wouldn’t miss Reggie White, because he wanted too much money. Said Clyde Simmons would get 16 sacks a year. Said individual players were secondary to ‘the system’.

    We know better.

    If he costs too much, let him go. But don’t cry when your team isn;t as good and he does well in his next venue. Because this site is littered with posts lamenting exactly that scenario.

  42. benh999 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:04 AM

    I wish would get franchised. It wasn’t that long ago that $10 million was the franchise salary for a QB.

  43. arzcardinals says: Feb 25, 2011 12:05 AM

    Agennts travesty is he’s about to be fired before a penny of the 10 million can hit his account.

    Good luck keeping your client. No Chance!

  44. arzcardinals says: Feb 25, 2011 12:05 AM

    Agents travesty is he’s about to be fired before a penny of the 10 million can hit his account.

    Good luck keeping your client. No Chance!

  45. pizzon says: Feb 25, 2011 12:11 AM

    for the uniformed who post ridiculous comments, please stop with the jealously. 10 million yes is a lot of money, but please remember its only for 1 yr and if he gets hurt there is no protection for him and in all likelyhood no other contracts coming his way. give the guy his contract because without him Tom Brady’s uniform doesnt stay so clean.

  46. moochzilla says: Feb 25, 2011 1:03 AM

    OK –

    So we talk tough when it comes to what other people make.

    But we can’t hold ourselves to the same standard.

  47. sickpuppyz says: Feb 25, 2011 1:06 AM

    at my salary of 75k it will take me around 130 years to make that kind of money. so I’d have to live twice and start working in my diapers. greedy lawyers. the travesty is that grammar school education gets you 10 million per year. for playing sports.

  48. grpatriot says: Feb 25, 2011 7:10 AM

    The tag ensures security for both sides! Logan will get at least 10 mil. and the Patriots keep his rights!
    They tagged Wilfork and signed him long term, so a deal isn’t out of the question. Maybe they don’t like his agent? I don’t think he’d advised Logan very well anyway…
    Another option would be to trade him for draft picks and let a differint Team deal with him and his agent…who needs a real good left guard with deep pockets?
    Either way Logan gets paid! Travesty??? Nah!

  49. assnfootball says: Feb 25, 2011 7:37 AM

    @jameswestphal

    Not really. I think they need to make him happy.

  50. abengalfan says: Feb 25, 2011 8:17 AM

    Since Mankins feel he is being treated so bad he should probably find another line of work.

  51. WingT says: Feb 25, 2011 8:29 AM

    Sounds like Mankins needs a new agent

  52. ny82jy says: Feb 25, 2011 8:41 AM

    Even though I’m a jets fan I’ll say I think Mankins is the best guard in the east. To me the pats oline is a little weak. Which is why I Cant understand why they won’t lock him up long term. The way they have handled him makes me think as soon as he can leave he’s gone. It will be a big loss for the pats cause we all know bradys game sux when he’s under pressure and doesn’t have all day to throw it. If you need proof watch the playoff game vs the jets or even the superbowl vs the Giants. I’m not trying to talk trash I’m trying to make a point

  53. dexterismyhero says: Feb 25, 2011 8:56 AM

    Mr. President, this is Agent Bauer. No not Jack Bauer. I should shoot who…..No I’m a football Agent…click goes the phone…

  54. CKL says: Feb 25, 2011 10:53 AM

    I have ZERO problem with guys trying to get as much money as someone will pay them regardless of profession. But that time is while a FA, and whining publicly and smacktalking the owner while your rights are still owned by your team is seldom productive.This is why I have believed for a long time that the scenario for use of the franchise tag needs to be changed.

    I believe that if you want to restrict a guy with an RFA tender or use the FT on him you get to do either of those ONCE with the same player on the same team. Then he gets to walk after that year if a long term deal cannot be reached. If he is in a similar situation with his new team, they too can do the FT only ONCE for him. They have to let these players leave more easily in FA and stop abusing the FT to keep guys there forever (like the Rams did with Pace for example). It could be a good way to ease a rookie salary scale in there…players knowing they can leave for real as a FA after say 4 years. At the same time they have to let owners protect their investment somewhat.

  55. edgarh21 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:06 PM

    Common, we should all know that patriots don’t care about their players once they get to a certain point. Beur should have seen this. I’m a Jets fan but I’m also realistic. They just keeping plugging in players and don’t really lose a beat.

    Mankins will be a Bear next year is my prediction. Or

  56. edgarh21 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:09 PM

    I didn’t know he got tagged. Sorry for the idiotic last comment. Still though like the first person said it’s proven that the pats can move on.

  57. iluvthisgame says: Feb 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    How is it a travesty?? They are paying this guy 10 Million dollars for 1 year, probably more than I will make in my lifetime. Mankins needs a new agent. He may be the best at his position but this agent is delusional, BAD ADVICE. I love the Patriots and think Mankins is a great player and an asset to the team but right now I say once he signs the tag, trade his ass. If he isn’t happy let him play for Oakland or Washington or some other team with brain dead top management. Hate to see him go but … bye.

  58. belicheckyoself says: Feb 26, 2011 9:08 PM

    They offered him a pretty good contract last year and it got spit on. I think that’s more this idiot agent that’s a Boras wannabe than Mankins himself, but still, after the holdout I could take him or leave him. There are guards out there and in the draft, and the Jets proved what the Pats O-line needs is a realistic deep threat. Not necessarily a new Randy but at least a new Stallworth (In their primes). I also think they need another Vollmer beast at Tackle, and I don’t know if it’s feasible but could they then move Light inside? He’s tired, has been for years, and the passing threat has covered up for it.
    Ugh. Damn Rex Ryan. It’s going to take some work to get around the coverage/rush combo he put together once that’s copied by everyone.

  59. belicheckyoself says: Feb 26, 2011 9:10 PM

    Also meant to say that the tag makes him 100% untradable which shows some loyalty, in a backwards way.

  60. bigbeefyd says: Mar 1, 2011 1:43 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Feb 24, 2011 8:42 PM
    It is kinda messed up. I think teams should have means of keeping their best players, but at a certain point it’s hardly fair to deny a guy the opportunity to seek some security.

    **************************
    REALLY? $10 million is not security? Most people don’t make that in a lifetime. He gets it in one year. How much more security does he need?

  61. mike32303 says: Mar 2, 2011 4:55 PM

    @ ny82jy

    I do agree as a pats fan that our O-line is aging a bit but I think you can blame Mankins’ dumb agent more than the pats in this situation. It’s clear that these two guys just dont get it. I mean God hes makin 10 mill next year!?! And about pressure on Brady, yea you can point to those two games but any QB is gonna struggle with an O-line that plays that poorly. Its not just Brady who struggles when pressured. The reason why Brady is the best (in my opinion of course) is that when he can make a solid read and throw, he does it better than about 90% of the league. I do hate the jets btw but I do think they will be contending for a bit but Rex needs to chill out a bit with the talking a bit for the sake of bulletin board material lol

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