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Logan Mankins apparenty isn’t happy with Jeff Kessler

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In the past few days since Ron Borges of the Boston Herald first speculated (likely with more information than he let on) that Patriots guard Logan Mankins would demand something for signing his name to the Tom Brady class action, we’ve heard nothing from Mankins or his agent, Frank Bauer.

We have now.

“I think it’s realy unfair what has happened to Logan Mankins in media characterizations that he is making monetary demands or holding up a settlement,” Frank Bauer told Chris Mortensen of ESPN.  “Logan Mankins is a young man who was encouraged and solicited into a lawsuit to help the union spearhead a new agreement.  Logan’s main concern for entering into as a plaintiff was to see if he can become free and help other players have less restrictions. For people to say he has made monetary demands, he hasn’t made any such demand. We don’t know terms. We haven’t talked to [NFLPA* attorney] Jeff Kessler.  There has been no communication, but it’s irresponsible to report Logan has made monetary demands.

“Are we disappointed there has been no communication?  Hugely.  He trusted the union and Kessler to fight for Logan Mankins and the other players.”

It has been widely reported that Kessler has been demanding free agency or free money for Mankins and Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.  Apparently, Kessler made his demands without making sure that Mankins wanted free agency or free money.

Now, Mankins apparently wants a free run at Kessler.

Mankins may have to get in line.

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66 Responses to “Logan Mankins apparenty isn’t happy with Jeff Kessler”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Jul 21, 2011 4:05 PM

    Get in line.

  2. thephantomstranger says: Jul 21, 2011 4:06 PM

    Rats! I made the comment before I read the story so I just repeated the last line of the story.

  3. daburgher says: Jul 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    i encourage everyone to let Kessler know how you feel…
    +1 212 259 8050
    jkessler@dl.com

  4. ebenezergrymm says: Jul 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    “Logan’s main concern for entering into as a plaintiff was to see if he can become free ”

    WELL RIGHT THERE his agent says what the demand is. He’s not demanding money, he’s demanding free agency.

    While his owner is making funeral preparations.

    Real smooth Mankins.

  5. njdevil7 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    Join the club, Logan.

  6. drbob117 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    He knows how lawyers work.. all he has to do is denounce Kessler’s use of his name, and he’d be off the hook with the fans and media. He hasn’t , so he doesn’t deserve a break from the fans and media. Even Donovanm McNabb was smart enough to say “Get my name out of your mouth”.

  7. r8rsfan says: Jul 21, 2011 4:10 PM

    Statement says “was to see if he can become free and help other players have less restrictions”. Sounds like he’s demanding free agency to me.

  8. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 21, 2011 4:10 PM

    If hes gonna hold this all up he’ll have a million nfl fans baring down on him. You’ve been warned Jeff

  9. dashrews says: Jul 21, 2011 4:10 PM

    Please stop the insanity. 5:30 vote YES owners. 8:00 vote Yes Players (email/carrier pigeon/whatever. Then report to freakin camp!

  10. kspec1982 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:10 PM

    WTF just kick Kessler’s butt out of the meeting untill they need him to witness the agreement.

    Tape his mouth shut tie him to a chair do whatever you have to so he won’t mess this up.

  11. homelanddefense says: Jul 21, 2011 4:11 PM

    so much false information has been flung around during this case. Current social media is the downfall of responsible reporting…..

  12. ebenezergrymm says: Jul 21, 2011 4:11 PM

    Over and over this goof says he has made no “monetary” demands. He never once denies he’s demanding free agency/no franchise tag.

    I believe @ChrisWarcraft has a name for people like him.

  13. nineroutsider says: Jul 21, 2011 4:11 PM

    Good, I hope Kessler and the NFLPA* stiffed all of those guys, but I don’t know the terms yet so we shall see. His main reason for signing the lawsuit should have been to ensure that all NFL players receive a fair deal and not to take the cream off of the top for his lard @ss.

  14. bangyourhead4 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:12 PM

    Oh Kessler, What a mess you make!

  15. Don Bashline says: Jul 21, 2011 4:12 PM

    Isn’t the agent just blowing smoke to make Kessler look like the bad guy (probably with Kessler’s concurrence)?

    Taking this whole exchange at face value seems very naive to me.

  16. abp3377 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:13 PM

    This is a PR move. Of course Logan asked and knew about all this. he’s hated playing for the patriots for years now. he’s mad because he signed a contract and had to fulfill it, and now they slapped the franchise tag on him twice (which by they way, he still gets a ton of money for 1 year). I understand the frustration, but don’t be selfish or at least don’t lie about being selfish. If the statements that were made were false, then why is Logan waiting days to finally come out and say “i never asked for special treatment.” I’m not buying it.

  17. daudi88 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:13 PM

    ebenezergrymm says: Jul 21, 2011 4:09 PM
    “Logan’s main concern for entering into as a plaintiff was to see if he can become free ”
    WELL RIGHT THERE his agent says what the demand is. He’s not demanding money, he’s demanding free agency.

    EXACTLY! I guess it is only selfish if he asked for money rather than special treatment. He is still putting his interests first…

    If things continue to go sideways I wonder how that plays in his next locker room?

  18. Jon DiPietro says: Jul 21, 2011 4:14 PM

    This statement still leaves plenty of room for plausible deniability.

    Logan hasn’t made monetary demands = his agent did.

    We haven’t talked to Kessler = we talked to one of his minions.

  19. bobwhitequail says: Jul 21, 2011 4:14 PM

    Kessler has always worked for himself and not for the players. He has manipulated and used the players. If you back and research it, that is exactly what you’ll find. He is working against both the players and the NFLs interest right now. He is working for his own interests. Players need to cut him off before it’s too late.

  20. r8rsfan says: Jul 21, 2011 4:14 PM

    Logan Mankins has a moustache that would only be envied by a 12 year old.

  21. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:14 PM

    If it is not clear that the Players and the Lawyers who represent the Players are a JOKE I don’t know when it will be!

    The players negotiated a new CBA supposedly in good faith now they want 320 million in lost wages, special perks for named plantiffs IE removal of the franchise tag or cash, they might not reconsitute the union, plan to continue the lockout insurance case, and the retired players have filled a class action suit because they claim the league has been aware concusions could cause dementia since the 1920′s I mean come on!

    This was always about getting a multi billion dollar deal in court and this proves it!

  22. capslockkey says: Jul 21, 2011 4:17 PM

    So it’s not monetary demands, he just wanted out of his franchise tag if I’m reading that right (….if he can become free). That’s still making demands for special treatment. Nice job of skirting around the whole demand issue by specifying “monetary” over and over.

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

    Kessler needs to be dropped off in Newark NJ at about 2 in the morning and then left to fend for himself. Lets see how big a man this guy really is!

  24. brownsfan4life says: Jul 21, 2011 4:17 PM

    Two people trying to get more oney, go figure!

  25. rm10038 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:17 PM

    i really don’t understand why they just don’t tell him to stop. Who does he work for? Can’t D smith just tell him to keep quiet and stop whispering things into certain players ears or he will be terminated, and why hasn’t he been terminated yet, it seems like he is being more of an obstacle to this process then anything.

  26. rc33 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:19 PM

    This Bauer character is a flat-out clown. Some of the comments he made prior to and during Mankins’ hold out last year were simply comedic gold.
    He comes off as more amateur than any agent I’ve ever seen.
    Stay tuned because this buffoon is one highly entertaining simpleton.

  27. cappa662 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:19 PM

    Kessler is lookng out mankins best interest. Stop with the hate pft, I know you guys are desperate for more traffic to the site… but no need for the players to accept a bad deal, or bad deal for players who have been tagged 5 times in their careers.

    Okay… queue the hate.

  28. savocabol1 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    From your quotes it sounds like Logan is mad at the whole players union not just Kessler. Way to attempt to single out Kessler. Tell us how you really feel about him (jealous much?).

  29. oscojoe says: Jul 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    Now that sounds like the Logan Mankins I know & respect. I believe this story. It just shows how attorney’s get in the way.

    Everything in negotiations is about leverage & compromise. When you have a arrogant attorney like “Kessler” (who should be fired) you have to expect a attempt to sabotage.

  30. hawkeye6 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    Kessler has been a bump in the road with this, but Mankins isn’t happy with anything it seems.

  31. stinkfingers says: Jul 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    Mankins is lying. He’s just trying to clear his name after all the backlash over the last couple days.

  32. grpatriot says: Jul 21, 2011 4:21 PM

    Logan should be happy that the signing term for Rookies was reduced to 4 years and 5th year club option with exclusive money.(top 10 avg. for position played) Meaning no other player will get hosed.
    Now he has the Franchise tag and a opportunity for 10 mil a year, he’ll have to sign the tender. There can be no doubt Logan got hosed, but by the CBA that was in place at the time.
    All Teams, even the Patriots will not be able to hold the players hostage indefinitely..which is why I can’t understand all the feet dragging by the NFLPA*??? Unless their true agenda is to litagate.
    De Smith hasn’t shown any leadership in my view. So, I wonder who’s in charge???

  33. easyeddie says: Jul 21, 2011 4:21 PM

    Didn’t Mankins’ agent know what a sneaky gasbag Kessler is? Why didn’t he tell his client to stay far far away from Kessler?

  34. bradjames33160 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    Cool! Now, the NFLPA*, as presently constituted, will destroy itself. I await the return of the NFLPA sans asterisk of course, with rapt anticipation!

  35. krow101 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:25 PM

    So we’re supposed to believe that Kessler acted on his own accord? OK, that’s ridiculous. Mankins is just trying to shift the blame … the coward.

  36. benh999 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:25 PM

    This is not the first, nor will it be the last time Bauer has made Mankins look like a chump.

  37. richm2256 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:26 PM

    “Logan’s main concern for entering into as a plaintiff was to see if he can become free”

    Soooooo, AP was right all along?

    Mankins and his mouthpiece are saying that he wasn’t trying to hold this agreement up for a financial payoff, but they’re ignoring the fact that they aren’t denying Mankins WAS after free agency, the other “perk” he was supposedly after; so in essence, they’re throwing Kessler under the bus (not that he doesn’t look good there) for what they clearly DID want

  38. annnann says: Jul 21, 2011 4:26 PM

    It’s the players fault for dragging lawyers and courts into this in the first place. EVERYONE knew that once lawyers got involved it would be messy. Unfortunately, their lawyer was Kessler who is the mosy manipulative.

  39. gillett123 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:27 PM

    “Mankins may have to get in line”

    He he hell yeah

  40. ricebowl2 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:29 PM

    Soooooo why not just get rid of Kessler if he is causing this many problems?

  41. bison4me says: Jul 21, 2011 4:30 PM

    Mankins looks like he can hit Kessler a lot harder than me, so he can get in front of me in the line.

  42. homelanddefense says: Jul 21, 2011 4:31 PM

    “abp3377 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:13 PM

    This is a PR move. Of course Logan asked and knew about all this. he’s hated playing for the patriots for years now. he’s mad because he signed a contract and had to fulfill it, and now they slapped the franchise tag on him twice (which by they way, he still gets a ton of money for 1 year). I understand the frustration, but don’t be selfish or at least don’t lie about being selfish. If the statements that were made were false, then why is Logan waiting days to finally come out and say “i never asked for special treatment.” I’m not buying it.”

    WRONG on a few counts. First there was never any info about Mankins being unhappy until he held out last season.

    Second he has not been franchised twice, last year he was a restricted free agent. This year he will be franchised, he has NEVER played a season under the franchise tag.

  43. redrew says: Jul 21, 2011 4:34 PM

    The Patriots are burying their First Lady….and Mankins is scrambling for every penny he can get

  44. nflhof says: Jul 21, 2011 4:39 PM

    Where is AJ Smith when you need him?

  45. ronin36 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:39 PM

    My guess is..

    Some of these lawyers/agents tried to “sneak in” a few hundred million in free money at the last minute.

    Their thoughts “nobody will notice”.

    If they had gotten away with it, they would’ve added a few million (agents get 10% or is it 20%) To their own bank accounts for just a few minutes of work.

    Problem is, they got caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar.

  46. 07vrod says: Jul 21, 2011 4:39 PM

    I have had more than enough of my fill of absolute greed…the media is nothing more than a tool for both sides to manipulate to achieve their only goal in life…$$$$$

  47. grogansheroes says: Jul 21, 2011 4:43 PM

    easyeddie says:
    Jul 21, 2011 4:21 PM
    Didn’t Mankins’ agent know what a sneaky gasbag Kessler is? Why didn’t he tell his client to stay far far away from Kessler?

    ______________________
    Because Mankin’s agent is a sneaky, lying, gassbag.

  48. whathappenedtovox says: Jul 21, 2011 4:46 PM

    @abp3377
    Of course Logan asked and knew about all this. he’s hated playing for the patriots for years now. he’s mad because he signed a contract and had to fulfill it, and now they slapped the franchise tag on him twice (which by they way, he still gets a ton of money for 1 year).
    ________________________

    Nope. Might want to check your facts there. Mankins was slapped with a RESTRICTED FREE AGENT tender in 2010, not the franchise tag. Getting hit with a RFA tender is far, far less lucrative. And the original contract he signed (his rookie contract) had little wiggle room, so it’s kind of tough to use the “that’s the deal YOU signed” rhetoric.

    The Pats franchise tagged him in February, and he has obviously yet to see a dime on that yet.

    The guy is 29 years old, is going into his 7th year in the league, is one of the best players in the game at his position, and has never had the opportunity to test free agency. By the time he will, he’ll be over 30, and less valuable to teams on the open market.

  49. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 21, 2011 4:47 PM

    I’ve just heard that fans aren’t happy with either of them

  50. bobwhitequail says: Jul 21, 2011 4:49 PM

    Totally hear what you guys are saying that his agent denied he was seeking monetary benefits, but didn’t deny the free-agency part.

    But we should keep in mind that Drew Brees came out and said he is not seeking special treatment (and who was the other guy (not V-jack)? can’t remember).

    So it is clear that Kessler is acting without at least some of these guys’ permission. I think he is using any avenue he can to drive a wedge between the parties and disrupt the agreement. And the special treatment thing is another wedge he’s using. Kessler may or may not have some of the players agents approval for this special treatment angle, it’s hard to tell. Brees’ position is really clear though. Mankins supporting special treatment? You guys who know him from New England would probably know best on that.

  51. whitemike55 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:51 PM

    I just called the # listed above…. It rang once and someone picked up and then immediately hung up.

    Get the deal done Kessler!!!!

  52. philyeagles5 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:55 PM

    if Kessler, Hitler, and Osama were all in the same room and i had a gun with 2 bullets, i would shoot Kessler twice.

  53. kwsbrother says: Jul 21, 2011 5:00 PM

    Lawyers…do we need to say anymore, Mike? By the way, what is the difference between a porcupine and two lawyer in riding porche? At least the pricks are on the outside of the porcupine.

  54. gregjennings85 says: Jul 21, 2011 5:05 PM

    Is he happy with anyone?

  55. TurdSandwich says: Jul 21, 2011 5:05 PM

    Don’t ‘Kessler’ this opportunity, fellas.

  56. capslockkey says: Jul 21, 2011 5:09 PM

    @bobwhitequail

    So the guy didn’t enter the league until he was older than typical rookies. How is that the Patriot’s fault? Free agency rules are based upon years of service, not age. So should Danny Watkins get to be a unrestricted free agent in three years since he’s coming in as a 26 year old rookie?

  57. vetdana says: Jul 21, 2011 5:13 PM

    This is a sad day for NFL fans who were immersed in so much false hope !The sad truth is….these lawyers wanted to go to litigation from day one, and they are going to do everything and anything they can to get there ! A lost season or fans feelings… means …NOTHING… to them !

  58. semperfi24 says: Jul 21, 2011 5:15 PM

    I think some of you are reading too much into it, and putting your own spin on the words. I have been pro owner in this whole thing, so I am not going to defend the players, but I think the point is, Logan signed on to try to get rid of the Franchise tag for EVERYONE, not just for him. He isnt asking that the settlement include an asterisk that reads “Logan Mankins can never be Franchised again”. He wants it to read “No player may be Franchised ever again”.

  59. eaglesfanxx says: Jul 21, 2011 5:15 PM

    The communication between the NFLPA, the player representatives, and all NFL players is unbelievably poor.

    They all should have been exchanging information during the negotiations. The players have been lazy in seeking information and De Smith has done a terrible job of keeping the player reps informed.

  60. azpackerbacker says: Jul 21, 2011 5:24 PM

    Stick to helping fat people sue McDonalds, it’s what you do best Jeffrey, and stop meddling with the people’s game for your own personal gains!

  61. ronin36 says: Jul 21, 2011 5:29 PM

    Personally, I’d like to see the tags disappear.

    I know some players, teams, agents, don’t want to negotiate future contracts during the season, and I can understand that.

    So..

    1, no more tags, restricted, transitional, or anything.
    2. Teams have “exclusive negotiation privileges” until March 1st (a month after superbowl) where the FA player can only negotiate with his current team.
    3. After March 1st. The player can negotiate with anybody.

    This allows for negotiations after the season concludes. And allows the team first crack at the FA.

    If the player truly wants out of an organization, he simply waits until March 1st.

    Personally, if the team can’t get their financial poop-in-a-group.. then they shouldn’t be in the business of being a NFL team.

  62. granadafan says: Jul 21, 2011 5:35 PM

    I can’t believe you guys fell for the agent’s spin job. Of COURSE it’s his job to deny deny deny and point the finger at someone else without admitting much in carefully crafted words. Looks like Mankins got his money’s worth out of the agent Baeur as many of you apparently fell for this PR stunt and damage control.

  63. mswravens says: Jul 21, 2011 5:48 PM

    Count me in the group that thinks Mankins is entitled to NOTHING more than the group as a whole. Yet, he is demanding free agency. That makes him as much of a D as if he was asking for money! Ratify the deal & lets play some football!!! Otherwise, I’ll have a hard time coming back to this sport & rooting for a bunch of over-entitled, self-centered, greedy athletes. I hope they prove themselves to be something other than that!

  64. Soulman45 says: Jul 21, 2011 6:05 PM

    Where is my feel good story?

  65. xinellum says: Jul 21, 2011 6:42 PM

    Money or free agency, what is the difference. Both are special treatment above and beyond what every other player is getting just because you were one of the biggest crybabies and your name occupies the document that they are working off. It is a shame that collusion among owners isn’t allowed because it would only take one or two players who could no longer find employment to show others just what excessive greed brings. a couple unemployed years and a foreclosure notice on his house and he would be grateful to be paid the average of the top fie players at his position. Greed, pure, evil, unadulterated greed.

  66. unbreakable02215 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:52 PM

    Can we all agree that Kessler is a serious Tool ?
    Its like whenever there is bad news to report
    pertaining to the lockout….his name is attached
    to it. Dude should be avoided like the plague.

    Every time I see his name in a report I roll my
    eyes. He wants to be in the middle of everything
    and efff it up. He’s the poster boy for what’s bad
    about lawyers.

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