New England Patriots Exploring Franchise Tag Options With Logan Mankins

February 10, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New England Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins sat out seven games during the 2010 season thanks to a contract dispute and popular opinion in New England is that the team will use its Franchise Tag to retain his services, at least for the 2011 season.  That is, of course, assuming there is a 2011 season.
Staying with Mankins and the Patriots, the biggest obstacle to overcome in negotiations, aside from the usual financial posturing between the two sides, appears to be the acrimonious relationship between Mankins and the team.
The three-time Pro Bowler reportedly turned down an offer last offseason that would have paid roughly seven million per season, making him one of the five highest-paid guards in the NFL at the time.  He went on record expressing his desire to be traded, not because the Patriots wouldn't pay him, but because he didn't appreciate the way they handled his situation.
When the team failed to meet his demands, he sat out the first seven games...

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