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Pats have several options at left guard, post-Mankins


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.

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21 Responses to “Pats have several options at left guard, post-Mankins”
  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 26, 2014 2:32 PM

    Sheldon Richardson, Mo Wilkerson & Quinton Coples are just going to bash these guys around without effort.

  2. deadlevelbest says: Aug 26, 2014 2:33 PM

    The Pats’ offensive line is definitely not going to be as good as it has been in recent years. We saw Brady get hit more often last year.

  3. davikes says: Aug 26, 2014 2:38 PM

    Right now Brady is googling the in house candidates.

  4. humanbowlingball says: Aug 26, 2014 2:38 PM

    Randy Starks, Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake thank you for that trade and will follow up on the results in a couple of weeks.

  5. masscat1 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:46 PM

    They would not have made that move unless we have a replacement for Mankins and the TE we just received has great hands and can block, so now there’s help with the TE position and BB was planning on Mankin’s not being there.

  6. thedownwardspiral says: Aug 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    Bucs get fleeced again.

  7. pats777 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:50 PM

    Actually, a lot of the hits on Brady last season came via Mankins whiffs. Cannon is a bulldozer in the run game and Connelly/Kline are bargain basement compared to Mank’s contract.

  8. 1greatusername says: Aug 26, 2014 2:53 PM

    Pats trade Ryan Mallet and the Buc’s 4th for 49ers Alex Boone…

    just kidding

  9. 6ball says: Aug 26, 2014 2:53 PM

    Marcus Cannon is scheduled to be an UFA next season. It appears the Patriots would rather invest their cap dollars in a 26 year old than a 32 year old. He has performed admirably at several O-line positions.

  10. patriottony says: Aug 26, 2014 2:54 PM

    Do you PATS HATERS,,,really think in your pointed little heads that BB would have done this unless he has a plan already in place?
    Second, don’t bet the house that you won’t see Mallett go for a 2015 3rd pick or better,,,again with the stockpiling of draft picks….


  11. bradygirl12 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:58 PM

    Knowing the Pats,it’s mostly about money. They have never had a problem saying goodbye to a stand-out vet player. On the other hand,I’m sure there’s a plan in place for the post-Mankins era. I just hope it works out.

  12. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 26, 2014 3:08 PM

    BB has no plan. That defense has been wretched for years.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 26, 2014 3:11 PM

    Wright had 54 catches for almost 600 yards and 5 TDs with the crappy Bucs QBs throwing to them last year.

    The Pats get a young, pass catching TE that fills perhaps the 1 glaring weakness on the roster. They have other, younger players to take over for Mankins. They dump Mankins huge contract for a cheap rookie one.

    Somewhat surprised by this move but I think its not a bad one.

  14. greenlantern75 says: Aug 26, 2014 4:17 PM

    “Actually, a lot of the hits on Brady last season came via Mankins whiffs. Cannon is a bulldozer in the run game and Connelly/Kline are bargain basement compared to Mank’s contract.”

    Always good when the best attribute of a guy is the low price tag. I often have the opportunity to have a nice rib eye, but that dollar menu burger is so much better because it’s cheap.

  15. surfinbird1 says: Aug 26, 2014 4:45 PM

    It’s always about the money. Any Pats fan dumping on Logan should be ashamed. Btw, what is the talk about how great the tight end is. I’ll reserve judgment till later but he does not block,cannot block and Lovie has already said he was not having a good pre season.Drops too many passes and is way down on their depth chart. Be funny if he was gonna get cut anyway.

  16. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 26, 2014 6:41 PM


  17. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 26, 2014 6:45 PM

    Remember when they laughed when patriots traded for talib and blount respectively from the Bucs ….

  18. dlk47823 says: Aug 26, 2014 8:29 PM

    TB is going to look across the line @ Richarson and Wilkerson and then its going to hurt.

  19. factman1000 says: Aug 26, 2014 8:52 PM

    Who laughed?

  20. pukinbuzzard says: Aug 27, 2014 7:29 AM

    Wrights production picked up at the end of last year and had several TD’s to close out the season. May work out, may not???

  21. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 29, 2014 3:39 PM

    Honestly, as a Pats fan I find the lack of loyalty to men that sacrifice themselves for the paycheck they earn a bit offensive. That, and the arrogance of BB in now bringing in better receivers is troubling.

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