Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a reputation for moving on from players one year early instead of a year too late. For left guard Logan Mankins, the one-year-too-early move came out of the blue. As it often has in the past.
So now the question becomes the replacement for Mankins at left guard. So to answer the question I called Tom Curran of CSN New England, who identified a few options.
Curran, who pointed out that Mankins quietly has been in gradual decline in recent years, said that in-house candidates include Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, and Jordan Devey. We joked about the possibility that the Patriots would now sign free-agent guard Richie Incognito, but Curran pointed out that it wouldn’t be a shock if Belichick considers it.
Regardless, Belichick has decided that he prefers a 2015 fourth-round pick and tight end Tim Wright. Especially since the move saves $6.25 million in 2014 cash and cap space, and $6.75 million in 2015 cash and cap space.