Report: Logan Mankins will retire

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While at the Pro Bowl in January, guard Logan Mankins said that he was going to take his time and “make the right decision” about whether or not to return to the Buccaneers for the 2016 season.

Mankins has taken that time and the decision is reportedly one that will leave the Bucs in need of a new starting guard next season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times are both reporting Monday that Mankins will retire.

Mankins spent the first nine years of his 11-year NFL career with the Patriots, starting 130 games and making six Pro Bowls while helping the Patriots advance to a pair of Super Bowls. He was traded to the Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick before the 2014 season and started 31 more games for the Bucs over the last two seasons.

Mankins was set to make $7 million this season and some of that money will likely be devoted to the search for someone to take his spot on the interior of Tampa Bay’s offensive line.

31 responses to “Report: Logan Mankins will retire

  1. When he was drafted, my reaction was “who is this guy?”

    Thanks for lots of years of high-level play Logan. But still too many stupid penalties for shoving people after the play.

  2. Mankins is the kind of player that makes the sport of football great. Stellar teammate and human being off the field. Unrelenting bruiser that genuinely lived to hit people on the field.

  3. pile jumpers across the league breathe a sigh of relief.

    Logan played it tough – From the start of the play to the echo of the whistle.

  4. Everyone knows KO wants to move to Florida…Jags have interest, and now the Bucs have some money and a need at guard…

    All but certain KO will not be in Baltimore next year, but rather in Florida…playing for some bum of a team.

  5. Thank you for everything Logan. Even though you were only with us for a couple of years you made a real impact on not only our young lineman but our rookie QB as well. Also, thank you for being a class act and doing this before free agency starts and giving us an opportunity to fill the whole while we can.

  6. Ron Rivera loves great skill players. Just give Ron a call. Cam-rolina is definitely heading back to the Super Bowl, sooner rather than later, Mr. Mankins.

  7. His personal greed & ego cost him his ring & HOF status….stupid is as stupid does!!!

  8. dpdonny says:
    Mar 7, 2016 11:18 AM
    My favorite Patriot to this day. I still think I’m the only person with a Mankins jersey.

    No, you are not. Mankins is a man’s man, not at all surprising that he is leaving money on the table and walking away on his own terms

  9. Always one of my favorite Pats players. My only regret is that he wasn’t apart of the 14 super bowl team. Should’ve finished his career a Patriot.

  10. He was a good player but he and his agent wanted to hold the Pats hostage and continue to be the highest paid guard in the game when he clearly was no longer the best guard in the game. When players and their agents try to hold the pats hostage financially, it almost never works out best for the players. They end up traded to TB, Oakland, or whatever other NFL team is currently starved for talent and doing poorly.

    He ended up getting the money but missing out on the rings. Bittersweet for sure. I would have no problems with him signing a one-day contract and retiring a Patriot but I am not sure that will happen. Best of luck in retirement.

  11. Loved him on the Pats – a tough guy and a leader. One of the Belichick first rounders that had a good career.

  12. I think the extra 14 mil he made in Tampa exceeds any ring you can think of. The man did what was best for his family. Bravo. 14 million in his families pocket far out weighs anything. Besides, he already has a few ” rings “.

  13. In his brief time as a Buc, he continued to show great leadership, was a great player and an even better person. Thank you Logan and good luck with your retirement.

  14. .
    It’s hard to believe he’d walk away from a 7 million dollar payday in the resort of Tampa. I’d guess he was offered a pay cut and declined. The emergence of last year’s 2nd Maripet, made Mankins expendable.

  15. Thats what playing for a loser franchise does to good players, makes them want to retire early. If he was still in NE, competing for a SuperBowl, he would probably play 4-5 more years.

  16. collectordude says:
    Mar 7, 2016 10:51 AM
    Good guard who only made pro bowls due to team success.
    No HOF for him.
    Sorry, the guy was a beast at run blocking. He deserved his pro bowls.

  17. atriotsdefense says:
    Mar 7, 2016 10:27 AM

    Hall of Fame Guard Logan Mankins, one day.

    I think so. Eventually. Not easy for Guards to get in.

  18. Was a total beast in his day and just downright nasty on the field. Not too many Dlinemen enjoyed their matchups with him.

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