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Logan Mankins sounds more open to staying with Patriots

Logan Mankins AP

When we wrote the Patriots post-lockout checklist last week, we suggested that Logan Mankins was unlikely to hold out this year into the regular season and that a long-term deal with the All Pro guard still wouldn’t surprise us.

Mankins’ comments to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com on Monday at a charity golf event support both notions.

“I think about it every now and then but I’m not putting any answers out there yet,” Mankins said.  “We’ll see when we get down that road.”

It wasn’t so long ago that Mankins and his agent were taking the scorched earth approach.  Now it appears like Mankins recognizes he’ll be in New England in 2011 and may not want to wait any longer to get a long term deal.

“We have a lot of time,” Mankins said when asked if he’ll sign his franchise tag. “We don’t even know if we’ll have a season at this point. I’m hoping they get this resolved before the season so we can play football in time.”

Playing football in time for Mankins would mean that he signs his tender in time to collect all of his $10.1 million due to him next season.   That means no long holdout, and possibly the thawing of the relationship between him and the organization.

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16 Responses to “Logan Mankins sounds more open to staying with Patriots”
  1. ampats says: May 23, 2011 2:34 PM

    Mankins is a beast and it would be very unfortunate to see him leave New England.

    Lets hope they get this resolved soon and we can get back to football.

  2. rc33 says: May 23, 2011 2:39 PM

    Best of my knowledge, Mankins turned down 5 yrs. and $35 million. Not the highest but a pretty darned good offer for a Guard; top 5 for certain.
    Tough to say how much better he’d do on the open market but the guys a very good player and the Patriots finally seem to be focused on rebuilding their O.L (Nick Solder, Marcus Cannon) to protect Brady, so maybe Kraft will come around in this scenario as well.
    BTW, Mankins agent in California is a flat-out buffoon. He comes across like an amateur. As mentioned, one “Scorched Earth” statement after another.

  3. ijahru says: May 23, 2011 2:40 PM

    He will be a Patriot for life. With the drafting of Solder the Patriots don’t need to overpay for Light so that money can be diverted to Mankins. If Cannon returns to health the Patriots have the makings of an incredible O-line.

  4. jackhall00 says: May 23, 2011 2:41 PM

    Maybe he can sit out another year and then retire?

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: May 23, 2011 2:44 PM

    Here’s to hoping Dimitroff can pull some strings and get him down to Atlanta!!!

  6. TurdSandwich says: May 23, 2011 2:45 PM

    Dang, Jake Locker taking VY’s #10 is a bigger story than this.

  7. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: May 23, 2011 2:45 PM

    …Until he hears you wrote this column, then he will come out to clarify his remarks and make sure everyone knows he is pissed at the Patriots. Didn’t we have this same story several months ago, followed by the same result?

  8. kissbillsrings says: May 23, 2011 2:46 PM

    I’m a HUGE Patriots fan & if Bill can land a 2nd &3rd for him in a trade I’d be thrilled….sick & tierd of listening to this guy & his agent cry to anyone who’ll listen!!!!!
    Mankins disappears every time they make the playoffs…..

  9. knucklebucket says: May 23, 2011 2:49 PM

    Sign this beast, the O-Line needs him.

  10. willycents says: May 23, 2011 3:00 PM

    Provided there is a franchise tag.

    Perhaps he will have to “auction off his services” for whatever he can get.
    Hope he gets a contract worth at least 10% of what the franchise tag is worth to him annually, it is a cinch that he will not get that much in a bidding war for his services.

  11. 2mannings1cup says: May 23, 2011 3:00 PM

    Mankins,

    Your beard, is weird.

  12. descendency says: May 23, 2011 3:25 PM

    I don’t care who the Patriots draft or sign in FA. I want this guy on that line for 5+ years to come. He’s a monster and easily the best Patriots OL.

    (Sebastian Vollmer, who lots of fans have yet to meet, is also a stud OL).

  13. effjohntaylornorelation says: May 23, 2011 3:29 PM

    Who cares, really? Is it just me or does it seem like this Mankins character gets way too much press time here? Stay or go, just shut up!

  14. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: May 23, 2011 3:43 PM

    Bob Kraft should give LG Mankins a pass, and the Patriots should move higher on their offer to extend him long term after the franchise tag. When I saw how quickly and aggressively Logan reacted to peel Steelers defenders off Tom Brady on the goal line during their November, 2010 matchup, that tells me he brings attitude to the game. “We don’t care how long your hair is,” Mankins quipped, an obvious reference to Polamalu. “We’re not going to let you do what you want to our quarterback.”

  15. cylondetector says: May 23, 2011 4:14 PM

    Mankins will likely resign – hes headed to his prime and will be an integral part of the Patriots O-line for years to come.

  16. CKL says: May 23, 2011 8:34 PM

    2mannings1cup says: May 23, 2011 3:00 PM

    Mankins,

    Your beard, is weird.
    ____________________
    But is his ‘stache trash??????

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