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Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:01 pm
 
Mankins (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I wondered how long it would take for Patriots G Logan Mankins – or one of his representatives – to explode in anger when New England franchise-tagged him on the very first day the Patriots could this offseason.

Sure, Mankins will make $10.2 million this year, but it’s not the long-term deal he’s been coveting since the advent of the Eye on Football blog. And remember that Mankins had a nasty little squabble with New England front office types after they reportedly offered him a five-year, $35 million contract before last season, which he subsequently turned down, and then could get no more money out of the organization.

Fast forward to today when CSNNE.com caught up with Mankins’ agent, Frank Bauer*.

*No relation to Jack. That we know of, anyway.


Said Bauer: "One of the best players on your football team (a player) that the coaching staff respects, it's a travesty what they've done with this player. (A new contract) should have been done a long time ago. It could have been done a long time ago. But it got stopped. And right now, we're not talking."

I’m not sure this exactly qualifies as a travesty – the people of Libya likely would agree – but Mankins obviously wants that long-term deal, and obviously, a franchise tag doesn’t get him that security. Mankins thinks the way the Patriots have dealt with him isn’t fair, and he’s probably not wrong.

[Related: Franchise Tag Tracker]

The lack of a new contract was what led to a seven-game holdout in 2010 and a significant loss of money for the point-making Mankins, who would have made $3.26 million for the entire season if he had signed his tender before the year began. And it got nasty.

In fact, this is what Bauer had to say last August:

"They have totally lost this player mentally," Bauer said. "For this young man to work like he has and play for the club for five years, and be promised he'd be taken care of, and to throw the offer they did across the table? It was never, ever a five-year deal. They wanted six years, they wanted seven. They have to do what they have to do, and we'll do what we have to do."

Asked if Mankins would sign the franchise tender, Bauer said he wasn’t sure. But no matter what, $10 million would be tough to leave on the table. No matter how pissed you are at the team, you’d have to be making quite a point in order to turn your back on that much money.

In fact, that would be a travesty.

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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:30 am
 

Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

McCullough, I feel for you, as well.  No one in this country, who is willing to put in a hard days work should have to settle for minimum wage.  The global economy has turned this nation into a third world country.  We now export jobs to India, and if we don't do that, we bring the Indians over here to workat jobs as contractors, paid by a company in their own country.  Why, so big business can get away with a lower wage and no benefits to pay.  I don't blame the Indians or other foreignors, I blame the elite rich, which is inclusive of athletes who make exhorbitant amounts of money in a short time span.

Mankins is a great player, but, I cannot sympathize with him.  His players union negotiated the franchise tag, the transition tag, and agreed to it.  He was offered $35 million and thought it was a slap in the face.  Maybe this jerk and all others like him, need to work in an emergency room, or a soup kitchen for two months.  Wouldn't that be justice.  The owners are no better and really, there should be a national strike of all major league sports in this country for one year.  That would bring these millionaire, billionaire elitist down to there knees.

The same goes for corporate America, the demons who caused the financial crisis.  Boycott the big monopoly banks and financial institutions.  For them, 30% profit each year is unacceptable, so what do they do to get their bonuses, they lay off 20,000 poorly paid Americans to justify the savings.

In 1776, there was a revolution, because of taxation without representation.  The same scenario applies today.  We are taxed several times over on the same money, whether it be Federal income tax, state income tax, sales tax, inheritance tax, or capital gains tax.  Trust me, I am as American and patriotic as they come.  I come from a military family, but what I see disgusts me.  The politicians give themselves raises, despite, more Americans being out of work since the Great Depression.  They establish bogus laws, to keep court cases alive for many years, since most politicians are lawyers.  The legislate their own bogus expense accounts at the taxpayers expense.

I don't encourage violence, but the time has come for a silent revolution in this country.  Let's vote out all politicians, make term limits mandatory, do away with the bogus Electoral College.  The people don't vote for President, the electors do, because they think the average American is too dumb to make such an important decision.  There are 300 million Americans today, I think the popular vote is more than justified!  John F. Kennedy said, "if a free society cannot save the many who are poor, it cannot save the few you are rich," but control 90% of the wealth in this country.  This includes the primma donna athletes, like Logan Mankins, who, despite his whining, will sign his $10 million tender, because any fool would be crazy not to.  But, the whining will continue, that he is underpaid.  Hell the president of the United States makes less than the minimum salary of the average baseball player! 



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Fricking crybaby

This quite honestly disgusts me. "OH NO NOT 10 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!! COME ON, I'M WAY UNDERPAID FOR SOMETHING THAT HAS NO CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY!! IT'S A TRAVESTY HOW LITTLE YOU'RE PAYING ME."

This guy makes more than 99% of the world's population. How in the world he can complain about his job security or whatever the crap it is is the greediest thing since Albert Pujols demanding 30 million a year(and then telling everyone that he's not greedy). Can I get like, a hundredth of his salary? I contribute more to society than he ever will.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

Not sure what happened to the formatting of the last post...


I am so sick of hearing all this crap about money and players feeling they have a right to make 10 million a year when real hard working folks are struggling to make ends meet. This guy is bitching up a storm about not having a long term deal in place. He is set to make 10 MILLION DOLLARS next year! If that doesn’t sound like much money, let me put it in perspective... Mankins will be paid $27,397 every 24 hours for the next 365 days! Holy SH!T! In 2 days this crybaby will make more than I will in the whole year and then some. On top of that you have people like PatriotNation, who are the lifeblood and hard working people of this country, which are forced to go on unemployment to make ends meet! Makes no sense at all.

NFL is a big business and players do deserve the right to negotiate their salaries. However, playing in the NFL is a privilege that any red blooded American would embrace any day, any hour. These guys need to show more respect for the working class people of this country and keep these negotiations private. Stop bitching publicly about not being paid enough or having a long term contract because the people who are suffering the most in the country are also the ones who have accounted for a very large percentage of financial support for the NFL and its teams in the past and will be in the future.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

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NFL is a big business and players do deserve the right to negotiate their salaries. However, playing in the NFL is a privilege that any red blooded American would embrace any day, any hour. These guys need to show more respect for the working class people of this country and keep these negotiations private. Stop bitching publicly about not being paid enough or having a long term contract because the people who are suffering the most in the country are also the ones who have accounted for a very large percentage of financial support for the NFL and its teams in the past and will be in the future.



Since: May 26, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 4:09 am
 

Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

PatriotNation, I feel for you man. I work full-time at a minimum wage job, and yeah it does piss me off when these crybaby athletes moan and b*%&# that they "don't make enough" when they make in a season (some in ONE GAME) what i MIGHT make in the next 50 years. I do believe these athletes need a reality check. They say they NEED more than 60% of the 9B in revenues when the truth is if they would just learn to MANAGE their money they could still live very well on a fraction of what they make now.

I do see Mankins' side to this though. He was denied unrestricted free agency last year due to the CBA, and he would have easily been the top OL on the market. He could have named his price and likely would have commanded a deal in the realm of 8-9M/year. He was denied FA because of a somewhat unfair situation, and now he is being franchised. No, it is not a long term deal, but he can only be tagged three consecutive years.
Over the next three seasons, here would be his franchise numbers:
2011-$10.5M
2012-$12.6M
2013-$15.1M.
Last I checked, that would be about the same as a 3 year, 36M contract? This money is guaranteed, but he is not GUARANTEED a deal year to year. He wants some sort of long-term job security, which is completely understandable. However, he's just a whiny brat in this situation. He's got 10.5M GUARANTEED on the table.

If Mankins and his rep would stop and think for a minute, they could work out a clause in the tender that many players have used and is widely accepted. The clause essentially states that the team cannot place a franchise or transition tag on the player. Usually this includes some sort of poison-pill (such as a massive payout on top of the tender) to back up the contract, and this is a proven thing. The team gets his services for one more year to train a replacement, and he gets to test the market while he's still in his prime.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:26 am
 

Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

Tell Mankins and his agent to get bent.  I just lost my job today and will probably lose my home, after faithfully working more than 60 hours a week, and being paid for 40.  Do I give a damn if Mankins is underpaid at a $10 million a year deal.  I am trying to hang onto my life and food stamps are a reality.  I have never applied for unemployment in my life and am ashamed to have to.  My dreams are shattered because of cold bloodied executives who slash everyone with 15-20 years experience, to bring in a college kid at half the price. 

Do I feel sorry for Logan Mankins, hell NO!  He is a prima donna like all the rest of the players.  If I had the talent, I would play NFL football in a heartbeat, for 1/1,000 of what he wants.  Maybe on football terms he is underpaid, but on real life terms he is well overpaid.  I have no pension to fall back on if I make it to retirement age. 

Tell Mankins and his agent for me, the Patriots can replace you with someone just as good.  Appreciate what you have and God sakes quit your bitch'n, because you sound like a totally jerk.  You were offered $35 million, but that wasn't good enough.  Tell all the people without jobs today, you feel you're underpaid and I bet you get thrown into Boston Harbor where you belong.  I say trade this primma donna, because I have no respect for anyone making over a million dollars a year, when the country is an absolute mess because of the high and mighty rich.  The top 8% own 80% of the wealth in America.  After this depression, not recession is over, they will won 90%, because the rich aren't affected by depressions, they just gobble up the foreclosed real estate and make a killing in the end.

Am I bitter, yes I am, and I have a right to.  I am not going to let some turd on the team I follow, bitch and complain about how bad off his is, or some other athlete, who takes $80 million over $75 million, because he has to take care of his family and his work lifespan is short.  Tell that to the guy who works ten times harder than you in a steel mill, who will never make in a lifetime, wht this jerk Mankins made for playing just 9 games this season!  Mankins and the rest of your fraternity brothers need a dose of reality and if there is a strike, then the fans should boycott all games for a year, and show these billionaires and millionaires, your head is up your butt and you (the owners and players) deserve to be put in your place with a strike by fans of all sports.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Mankins' agent calls lack of deal 'a travesty'

He is a cornerstone to the left side of the offensive line but he did turn down 7 mil a year for 5 years last year. Now he'll be assured 10.5 and he'll still probably claim that's not enough and he should know when the Patriots want to get a deal done it'll be on their terms and time of their choosing.


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