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Logan Mankins could hold up settlement by demanding free agency

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As the Brady antitrust action chugs toward conclusion, Ron Borges of the Boston Herald points out that, to the extent the settlement of the lawsuit depends on the approval of the men whose names appear on it, Patriots guard Logan Mankins could demand that he not be subject to the franchise tag in exchange for dropping the case.

Borges points to a dynamic we’ve mentioned several times — the fact that the plaintiffs in the Reggie White antitrust lawsuit received a lifetime exemption from the franchise tag as part of the 1993 settlement.

But that case was about securing free-agency rights, not about countering the league’s lockout leverage.  Before Saturday, when word emerged for the first time that the NFLPA* wants to restrict the franchise tag to only one year per player, there had been no suggestion that today’s players were disputing any aspect of the pre-2010 free agency rules.

Last time around, the NFLPA decertified after a failed strike, and after months of litigation ultimately secured a verdict that resulted in a settlement providing real free agency.  This time, the NFLPA shut down when backed against the wall via the threat of a lockout, and real negotiations toward a new labor deal began less than three months after the case was filed.

It arguably would represent the height of selfishness, then, for Mankins or any other named plaintiff to dig in his heels and request a cookie, especially since Mankins was at best an absentee litigant, participating in (as far as can tell via Google) none of the grueling and time-consuming talks that have placed the parties on the precipice of an agreement in principle.

Borges’ column seems to be sufficiently informed to suggest that someone close to the talks fed him with the idea, and with the notion that Mankins perhaps would accept in lieu of free agency the money he would have made if he hadn’t held out for a large chunk of the 2010 season.

And so the pink champagne remains on ice.  Hopefully, we won’t eventually have to hit someone upside the head with the bottle.

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74 Responses to “Logan Mankins could hold up settlement by demanding free agency”
  1. huskersrock1 says: Jul 17, 2011 3:30 PM

    Mankins becoming the most hated player in the history of the game in 3…2…1

  2. rushbacker says: Jul 17, 2011 3:32 PM

    If he tries that, they’ll just have to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

  3. prettytonyt says: Jul 17, 2011 3:33 PM

    you can always count on a patriot screwing things up. god damn for the love of god, he cant just make 10mil, and shut up?

  4. 7370355q says: Jul 17, 2011 3:33 PM

    He won’t. He’d do irreparable damage to his free agency stock by displaying one of the ultimate scenes of selfishness. Plus the pressure heaped upon by the other 1800 players in the NFL wouldn’t allow it either.

  5. rtandler says: Jul 17, 2011 3:35 PM

    I’m sure Mankins appreciates Borges, a loudly pro-player “journalist”, serving up this story for him, as do the NFLPA lawyers who want to blow up the settlement.

    Frankly, Borges has zero credibility when it comes to this subject and I’ll believe that this will be an issue when I see it. And I’m not holding my breath.

  6. thephantomstranger says: Jul 17, 2011 3:41 PM

    I guess I shouldn’t have checked in today.

  7. trbowman says: Jul 17, 2011 3:44 PM

    Someone from the NFLPA put this out there to apply more pressure to the owners.

    Don’t worry gents….there will be a deal Thursday. First thing I expect to see when I get home Tuesday is an agreement in principle was reached.

  8. msclemons67 says: Jul 17, 2011 3:45 PM

    Actually, I sort of agree with Mankins. Teams using the franchise tag twice in a row on guys is bush league and should be disallowed.

  9. 8man says: Jul 17, 2011 3:47 PM

    Damn it! Does anyone even care anymore? Don’t play this year. Hell, don’t play next year.

    I’m sick of the players and I’m sick of Mankins. Let this lockout roll on for another year and let’s see how mouthy the workforce is.

    The NFL has a chance to crush them and crush them permanently. Don’t let the short term revenues keep you from obtaining total control over all factors.

  10. jpb12 says: Jul 17, 2011 3:49 PM

    Nothing like putting the “I’ in team.

  11. boknowsvt says: Jul 17, 2011 3:51 PM

    Leave it to a Patriot to ruin a good thing.

  12. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 17, 2011 3:53 PM

    “…the notion that Mankins perhaps would accept in lieu of free agency the money he would have made if he hadn’t held out for a large chunk of the 2010 season.”

    I am sure that the money Makins lost by holding out in 2010 is a sore spot for him BUT it was his choice and his BAD decision. I think he has to live with that now.
    Players need to learn that their actions have consequences. Whether that is signing a contract that they cant live with down the road or deciding to hold out, there are consequences. That said, Mankins was in a tough spot when he signed his original deal and his arms were twisted to some degree to sign it. So I can see how he felt a bit sore by last year. But what he should be doing is making sure that the new CBA addresses that issue rather than using it to get back the money he lost.
    Either way, if it thats what it takes then I think they gotta pay him at least some of that money to get the deal done and if he gets it then kudos to him.

  13. gtmann says: Jul 17, 2011 3:54 PM

    If he does this do you think he should fear for his life ?!!!

  14. tommyf15 says: Jul 17, 2011 3:55 PM

    I don’t take Ron Borges’ NFL columns too seriously. But if this is true…

    1. It takes two to tango. It wouldn’t just be Logan Mankins holding up the settlement, it would also be the NFL owners holding it up over insisting that the Patriots have the right to franchise him. Nothing is stopping them from doing a deal without concessions from Mankins.

    2. Call him selfish if you want, but Mankins has the right not to drop the lawsuit. And I feel that he’s in the right- he signed a contract and the contract expired. The Patriots shouldn’t have the option to stop him from seeking a contract elsewhere.

  15. awestcave says: Jul 17, 2011 4:00 PM

    Title should be, “Logan Mankins could be the most hated man in football.”

  16. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 17, 2011 4:00 PM

    But he looks like such a nice guy in that picture. Not somebody who would go public and call his owner a liar or hold up the whole f’n league for his own selfish interests.

    Please, somebody make us an offer for this turd. Al Davis, he’s yours for a 4th rounder!

  17. pftstory says: Jul 17, 2011 4:05 PM

    If putting your name on the lawsuit can result in this, why wouldn’t every player not insist he be listed?
    I dont recall there ever being a reason for the specific 10 named plaintiffs other then Brady, Brees and Manning had big names.
    Was there any other reason why those three and the 7 others are there and players like Joe Flacco, Tashard Choice, and Malcom Floyd are not?

  18. mattyc says: Jul 17, 2011 4:05 PM

    So, we have heard how many times that the owners are greedy, we just want to play football, we just want what we deserve, bla, bla, & bla. Yet, this report & the previous one where the players are looking to hammer the owners in an attempt to having them cave so a deal can get done, all while holding up the lockout that they are in court attempting to overturn?

    This is just another perfect example of who was clearly at the centerpoint of blame for this lockout. But, who can really complain? They are fortunate enough to be blessed with talent & in a position to act like greedy lil school girls in need of having their skirts lifted & their bottom’s spanked!

    No two a days….. Shorter OTAs….. More $….. Less work…. Booo Hooo. My lord, this $h!t is officially past being old & also past being ridiculous. It is pathetically amusing now & what is worse is our nose will be right in the tv & computer/laptop/ipad screens the minute the new CBA is signed & FA starts. :(

  19. clintonrb says: Jul 17, 2011 4:06 PM

    is there any word that mankins would even do this?

  20. staff2cj4td says: Jul 17, 2011 4:07 PM

    he would instantly become more hated then LeBron James!!!

  21. glac1 says: Jul 17, 2011 4:07 PM

    It’s time for the Patriots to agree to cut him as soon as a settlement is reached and everyone else in the league agree not to hire him. The owners must get tough and say take it or leave it. The players union and all unions are destroying this country.

  22. billinva says: Jul 17, 2011 4:11 PM

    No one believes anything that hack Ron Borges has to say.

  23. tommyf15 says: Jul 17, 2011 4:21 PM

    glac1 says:
    It’s time for the Patriots to agree to cut him as soon as a settlement is reached and everyone else in the league agree not to hire him.

    Ah, nothing like someone crying about unions “ruining our country” that suggests an illegal blackballing scheme to make things right.

    Seriously, what kind of an evil mind comes up with an idea to have 32 billionaires blackball someone and deprive them of their right to earn a living?

    The players union and all unions are destroying this country.

    I say the real problem here is the Owner’s Union.

    Why do people that “hate” unions never seem to realize that the NFL owners have also unionized for their own gain?

    Why do we forget that the Owners’ Union fought in court to have the players remain unionized?

  24. donruss007 says: Jul 17, 2011 4:30 PM

    There is no “I” in team but there is one in “You’re Fired”!

  25. bcgreg says: Jul 17, 2011 4:32 PM

    No he won’t. He won’t hold up the CBA, but he might hold out on the Pats.

  26. football2011 says: Jul 17, 2011 4:40 PM

    If he does this, he might as well just go ahead and marry Casey Anthony and be the most hated couple in America!

  27. austinbrownsfan says: Jul 17, 2011 4:42 PM

    I’m expecting a sharp decline in Mankins jersey sales.

  28. tommyf15 says: Jul 17, 2011 4:42 PM

    Despite this being my third post on the subject, IMO everyone is WAY overreacting here.

    Let’s face it- these are federally mediated talks. Does the Owners’ Union really have the option of saying “unless this one player drops his lawsuit, we’ll deprive every fan in the world of major league football, even though the stadiums and their related intrastructures are publicly funded!”.

    I don’t think so. That’s not going to fly with a federal mediator.

    And if it got far enough, how would that look to the jurors in the anti-trust case?

    So fear not, football fans- in the real world Logan Mankins won’t be raining on your parade or making your universe a less happy place. Think it through.

  29. wizahdry says: Jul 17, 2011 4:46 PM

    Poor Logan. Doesn’t want the Pats to franchise him at 10+ million on a year to year basis. Would rather sign a long term deal and get 20+ million up front. His people should let him know that holding up the NFL season for his own purposes would not go well for him.

  30. mayfieldroadboy says: Jul 17, 2011 4:46 PM

    Cut him loose; which is what he wants. He doesn’t want to be paid the average salary of the 5 or 8 or 10 highest paid players at his position; he thinks he should be making more.

    The teams legally cannot refuse to offer him a contract; but the teams can, without colluding with each other, offer Mankins a contract of $200.00, or $20,000.00, or $200,000.00 per year, which GMs will intently ponder considering Mankins past history hold-outs and now the legal vice which he has been persuaded to believe he has on NFL teams. But he can be offered contracts at very low numbers. Or he can be offered huge contracts which require his achieving near-impossible feats. Either way, Mankins will look back and beg for this franchise tag.

    The cancer of greed is the most painful way to die.

  31. jetsetfred says: Jul 17, 2011 4:50 PM

    Mankins is No Reggie White..

  32. krow101 says: Jul 17, 2011 4:58 PM

    I think that anyone who really hates unions … should work Saturdays for free.

  33. laeaglefan says: Jul 17, 2011 5:01 PM

    Tomorrow’s headline….”Logan Mankins woke up this morning to find a bloody horse’s head on the pillow next to him”.

  34. munchkin420 says: Jul 17, 2011 5:06 PM

    This is the firs time the Pats have put the Franchise tag on Mankins. Last season he was an RFA and played under the rules associated with that agreement. There is no “double” Franchise tag being applied to this player.

    If Mankins has a beef it is with the Patriots and not the League per se. He wouldn’t keep the rest of the players in the League from making a living in an attempt to settle a score with any individual.

    Borges is petty however and would do anything to cast a stone at a Patriots organization. Even if those stones land well wide of the mark. He should stick to coverin whitey Bulger and the thieves involved in heavyweight boxing.

  35. duanethomas says: Jul 17, 2011 5:09 PM

    The pro-owner shills are on their personal accounts and out in force this Sunday. Don’t worry a deal will be done and your salaries will be restored. Calm down will ya. The players are not crushed, the owners didn’t shut down the league and start over, etc…. Its a deal both sides can live with for the next 10 years, so go back to your hot dog salads and shut up.

  36. firejimcadwell says: Jul 17, 2011 5:36 PM

    If they pay the Patriot Mankins one dime, then it better count against the current cap.

  37. prmpft says: Jul 17, 2011 5:38 PM

    …and then struck by lightning & hit by a bus – c’mon man…

  38. backindasaddle says: Jul 17, 2011 5:47 PM

    Ron Borges is frustrated little man. He lives to rain on everyones parade. He constantly seeks out the negative and loves to jamb a stick in the spokes when you’re enjoying nice ride. He’s just a pathetic, frustrated little man.

  39. pftfollower says: Jul 17, 2011 5:48 PM

    DON’T GIVE HIM A THING!!!!

    Let him pay out of pocket to single handedly keep that sinking ship alive then get his ass handed to him in court

  40. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 17, 2011 5:57 PM

    I’ve been reading here how the players will make more money in the new agreement. Show how that’s possible if they get less of a cut?

    FWIW, Borges hates Belichick, or so I’ve heard.

  41. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jul 17, 2011 6:05 PM

    Logan Mankins has every right to retire.

  42. possiblecabbage says: Jul 17, 2011 6:12 PM

    Won’t someone think of Von Miller!?!?!?!

  43. deadeye says: Jul 17, 2011 6:26 PM

    “Why do we forget that the Owners’ Union fought in court to have the players remain unionized?”

    ===========================

    The decertification of the NFLPA was in violation of the previous CBA. First the owners get blamed for opting out of the previous CBA, which was a specifically negotiated in the event that the NFL didn’t like the results. Well, they played according to the rules and opted out when they were permitted to do so. Then the players union violates that CBA and decertifies six months prior to the negotiated timeline that they agreed to follow. They are a bunch lying scumbags, and as long judge Doty is in their back pocket they can violate whatever CBA provisions they wish without repercussion.

    As far as the owners go, they own the league. Comparing them to a union clearly shows that you don’t understand what a union or a cartel is. They aren’t competing, they revenue share and they produce a shared product. They are partners is a business called the NFL.

  44. msclemons67 says: Jul 17, 2011 6:37 PM

    “The pro-owner shills”

    This line really discredits the players and agents who post on this site. People can disagree with the National Felons League players without being necessarily pro-owner or employed by the league.

    Lots of folks dislike criminal divas. Look at the flak Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohen get.

  45. philwauke says: Jul 17, 2011 6:39 PM

    Rupert Murdoch told me he wouldn’t do that. Not sure how he knows.

  46. purpleman527 says: Jul 17, 2011 6:40 PM

    Once again, the players threaten to hold up the deal. If the players keep this up, they might find coal in their stockings.

  47. descendency says: Jul 17, 2011 7:01 PM

    This Ron Borges?

    “This fellow (Belichick) has cornered the market on convincing people with the help of his friends that no one has ever worked harder than he does and he’s out, uh, you know, when everyone else is sleeping, he’s working, when everyone else is eating, he’s working, uh, I could say something, but I won’t … about uh, how at least some of his time is being spent… ”

  48. glen1904 says: Jul 17, 2011 7:03 PM

    Logan and Vincent Jackson of the chargers have every right to try and get back what they lost last year when the owners opted out and used the rules to screw them, now its just there turn to put tighten the screws on Kraft and Spanos. That’s just life, last year the teams appeared to use the new rules and win by saving millions but that is why Mankins and Jackson put their names on this anti-trust case in the first place. If you couldn’t figure that out and feel blindsided then that’s your fault.

  49. thetooloftools says: Jul 17, 2011 7:16 PM

    They will drop the franchise tag before he holds up any agreement.
    This cow is about milked out.
    Settle this now !

  50. prowrestlingarchives says: Jul 17, 2011 7:30 PM

    mayfieldroadboy says:
    Cut him loose; which is what he wants. He doesn’t want to be paid the average salary of the 5 or 8 or 10 highest paid players at his position; he thinks he should be making more.

    The teams legally cannot refuse to offer him a contract; but the teams can, without colluding with each other, offer Mankins a contract of $200.00, or $20,000.00, or $200,000.00 per year, which GMs will intently ponder considering Mankins past history hold-outs and now the legal vice which he has been persuaded to believe he has on NFL teams. But he can be offered contracts at very low numbers. Or he can be offered huge contracts which require his achieving near-impossible feats. Either way, Mankins will look back and beg for this franchise tag.

    Wow, do I ever wish we were face to face so that we could make a wager on whether or not that scenario would play out as you described.

    The reason teams put franchise / transition tags on players in the first place is that they know the players would earn more in the free agent market.

  51. smellmyface says: Jul 17, 2011 7:40 PM

    Why would he be so hated? He played out his contract and I’m for the owners in all of this lockout but putting a tag on someone after he played out his contract for 2 years in a row is bs.

  52. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 17, 2011 8:01 PM

    And the queen “could” be king if she had balls.

  53. prowrestlingarchives says: Jul 17, 2011 8:11 PM

    mayfieldroadboy says:
    The teams legally cannot refuse to offer him a contract; but the teams can, without colluding with each other, offer Mankins a contract of $200.00, or $20,000.00, or $200,000.00 per year, which GMs will intently ponder considering Mankins past history hold-outs and now the legal vice which he has been persuaded to believe he has on NFL teams. But he can be offered contracts at very low numbers. Or he can be offered huge contracts which require his achieving near-impossible feats. Either way, Mankins will look back and beg for this franchise tag.

    That’s just not going to happen. Let me walk you through this in terms that are really easy to understand.

    -The Patriots are willing to pay Mankins $10 Million a season.

    -Hey, that must mean Mankins is really good, right?

    -If he’s really good and he’s a free agent, other teams will want him, and will offer a desirable contract, right?

    See how easy that was? Glad to help.

  54. pondbridge says: Jul 17, 2011 8:41 PM

    Mankins knows that Kraft won’t go from franchise deal to losing him outright. There will be a side agreement to sign and trade, probably a swap to Dallas for a G and a pick. For an ah shucks cowboy, this guy has become a complete prima donna.

  55. saints25 says: Jul 17, 2011 8:41 PM

    @AdamSchefter

    NFLPA has begun contacting some, if not all, of 10 plaintiffs in Brady vs. NFL case about a settlement – a necessary step to end lockout.

  56. thefiesty1 says: Jul 17, 2011 8:46 PM

    If Mankins doesn’t like his contract, he can always quit and go get a real job. One a-hole to screw up a deal is ridiculous.

  57. stairwayto7 says: Jul 17, 2011 8:54 PM

    Keep it up Mankins so my date of deal getting done is Sept 27!

  58. polishkingski says: Jul 17, 2011 9:04 PM

    @tommyf15….well said my friend, well said. the truth of the matter is (for instance) the u.a.w and its workers cost GM 10% of its costs for many many years but the company just kept blaming the union for its lack of fore sight and thus getting destroyed by better run car manufacturers (i.e the japanese) but tell a lie long and loud enough and stupid people will believe it.

  59. richm2256 says: Jul 17, 2011 9:11 PM

    Logan Mankins selfish????

    Naaaaahhhhh …….

    By the way, to every football fan outside of Boston, Ron Borges carries an axe the size of Texas against the Patriots. You can trust zero of what this guy has to say.

  60. richsaint says: Jul 17, 2011 9:27 PM

    What kills me here is the same thing that always kills me.
    Players complaining about making more money than 99% of the people who see this will ever make in a year.
    Seriously.
    He is going to make 10 million dollars this year.
    10,000,000 this year. If he gets a franchise tag next year he will probably make 11,000,000 that would be $21,000,000 in 2 years, which is more than he would more than likely have ever been guaranteed to make in those 2 years. If I were a player I would happily sign a franchise tender every damn year because if you get franchised for 4 years straight you’ll easily make 40-50 Million dollars.

  61. 1historian says: Jul 17, 2011 9:36 PM

    I would LOVE to see Mankins do that, and I am a Patriots fan.

  62. richm2256 says: Jul 17, 2011 9:40 PM

    glen1904 says:
    Logan and Vincent Jackson of the chargers have every right to try and get back what they lost last year when the owners opted out and used the rules to screw them
    ——————————————————

    You realize, of course, that Logan Maknins held out last year, right?

    The only money he “lost”, he did so at the advice of his moron agent.

  63. gdbroker says: Jul 17, 2011 9:57 PM

    1) Borges wrote it so it is highly unlikely to be accurate.

    2) I don’t mind allowing the franchise tag to only be used on a player once, with the stipulation that the player not miss any preseason or regular season games. None of this holding out for 10 games bs we see now. Under that rule Logan would still be restricted, but could ensure his freedom by arriving on time and playing out the season.

  64. terripet says: Jul 17, 2011 10:11 PM

    leave the cheaters

  65. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jul 17, 2011 10:20 PM

    the public will crucify him if he’s the only problem between them and football

  66. realitypolice says: Jul 17, 2011 11:43 PM

    So many posts on here crucifying Mankins for something HE HASN’T DONE.

    I mean, you do realize that this article is based upon something that a sports writer is speculating on something that Mankins MIGHT do?

    There is no basis in fact to believe that he will do this, yet everyone on here is more than willing to fly off the handle attacking him based upon pure conjecture with no FACTS whatsoever to back it up.

    What a strange dynamic I’ve discovered over the past few months here- the people on here love football more than anyone, live and die with the sport, and take the time to post comments on a blog dedicated to it.

    Yet they seem to harbor a real animosity, distrust and loathing of the men who play it.

    Strange.

  67. bradjames33160 says: Jul 17, 2011 11:53 PM

    I’ve known Mankins is a piece of crap since 2005 in a game where my Broncos kicked the Pats’ butts up and down the field all game long and he got ejected right before halftime.

    With that said, he can be an even bigger horse’s a$$ if he follows through with this

  68. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 17, 2011 11:53 PM

    @ realitypolice

    Then don’t want to pay for it. (“I’M STOPPING DIRECTTV TOMORROW”)

    They sound like plantation owners, honestly.

  69. mikeb4u says: Jul 17, 2011 11:55 PM

    Okay, Mankin is a D-Bag. Fire the jerk, and when he crawls around to another team, offer him a 1 year contract for 1.5 million. The next team he goes to gives him a 2 year at 3.2 million, and so and on. No blackballing there–but not much pay for the turd, the Mankin (D-bag).

  70. birdcrazy911 says: Jul 18, 2011 7:01 AM

    I can sort of see his point, however holding up the season for this is ridiculous. How about a one time tag for every team your on. It’s not like a tag is a bad thing it make you one of the highest paid in that position for a year. So if your with 1 team for your career you can only be tagged once, if your with 3 teams each team can use the tag on you once for a total of 3 times. Nobody goes to a team under a tag so you would have agreed to terms to move to that team and after your contract they tag you you can either become a free agent or renegotiate a new deal.

  71. descendency says: Jul 18, 2011 7:42 AM

    Guys….

    This is Ron Borges… the biggest idiot in Boston. He once said:

    “On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson or the second-best tackle in the draft in Kenyatta Walker, they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sack last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon.”

    Does anyone even remember David Terrell, Robert Ferguson, Koren Robinson, or Kenyatta Walker? I do. They were total busts.

    That’s Ron Borges for you.

  72. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 18, 2011 10:57 AM

    From the reaction of most commenters, I dont think Ron Borges did Logan Mankins any favors by writing the column and making the suggestion.

  73. CKL says: Jul 18, 2011 11:06 AM

    descendency says:
    Jul 17, 2011 7:01 PM
    This Ron Borges?

    “This fellow (Belichick) has cornered the market on convincing people with the help of his friends that no one has ever worked harder than he does and he’s out, uh, you know, when everyone else is sleeping, he’s working, when everyone else is eating, he’s working, uh, I could say something, but I won’t … about uh, how at least some of his time is being spent… ”
    _________________________________
    Awww…man! I was hoping you’d go the “duplicitous pond scum” route here. :D

    To non Pats fans: Borges was tossed off the job for PLAGIARISM with his boxing writing. He was the most hated Pats writer in the biz (by us fans) until Tomase came along. Why? Because not only do they lie, they have agendas, which I don’t like to see in team reporters. Bloggers? Fine. OPINION columns? Fine. Stories that are SUPPOSED to be factual? Not so much. There’s a reason we like guys like Reiss better. He states things as his opinion when they are..you know…his OPINION.
    So who knows if Mankins will do this or not? I’m not willing to say yes or no based on BORGES…that’s for sure.

    Mankins does NOT need football financially, he has said, and I believe him. That said the public way he handled his contract fight last year sucked. I am all for the FT or any tag being used ONE TIME ONLY by that team on that player. But that said, I would be disappointed if any of the named plaintiffs got special treatment because it’s not fair to the other guys in the league.

  74. rc33 says: Jul 18, 2011 12:45 PM

    Borges is a hack who specializes in sucking at his job.
    He was Parcells and Bledsoe’s guy when they were in N.E. and life was hunky-dory for him. Borges got all the one-on-one access, all the quotes and any and all scoops.

    When Belichick took over, he found himself being treated like just another football writer; no more no less than anyone else.
    Ronnie (and his free bowl of soup newspaper) didn’t take kindly to that.

    But hilarity ensued when Borges was forced to cover Belichick and the Patriots while they were winning three Super Bowls in four years. He hated Belichick so much; you could literally feel him grinding his teeth while begrudgingly giving the Head Coach any credit at all.
    Does this sound like a good football writer to you? The man’s a hack.

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