Tag:Logan Mankins
Posted on: February 14, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 9:31 pm
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Patriots slap franchise tag on Mankins

Posted by Andy BenoitL. Mankins (US Presswire)

Monday was the first day that teams could apply the franchise tag to players. The Players Union is arguing that the tags are meaningless without a new CBA. Nevertheless, teams can carry forward with it if they so desire.

But so far, only one team has so desired: the Patriots. On Monday they slapped the tag on Logan Mankins. The All-Pro guard is pining for a long-term deal rather than a one-year contract worth the average salary of the five highest paid guards in the NFL ($10 million).

It will be interesting to see how Mankins responds here. He staged a seven-game holdout this past season after turning down New England’s reported five-year, $35 million offer. Albert Breer of NFL Network points out that Mankins, a late first-round pick, has pocketed just a little over $7 million in his six-year NFL career. That is considerably low for a player of perennial Pro Bowl caliber.

The Patriots aren’t known for breaking the bank on veteran players. But Mankins is only 28. His mobility is the fulcrum to many of New England’s run-blocking tactics.

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Franchise tag updates

Posted by Andy Benoit

While it’s still being debated whether NFL teams can use the franchise tag (the Union is saying “Go ahead – just know, it won’t mean anything”), reports started trickling out on Thursday about WHO will draw the tags.

Not surprisingly, the Colts are said to be ready to slap Manning with a $23 million tag if they’re unable to reach a long-term deal.

According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, the Patriots will franchise guard Logan Mankins. (That should go over well – Mankins, unable to come to a long-term deal with the club last season, held out seven games).

Speaking of holdouts, earlier in the day we mentioned in Hot Routes that the Chargers might be willing to pay the $10 million it would cost to franchise tag Vincent Jackson. And the Raiders are going to tag either tight end Zach Miller or defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

All this depending, of course, on whether there even is a franchise tag.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:50 am
 

Logan Mankins not against returning to Patriots

Posted by Andy Benoit

As was the case last offseason, Patriots left guard Logan Mankins is looking for a new contract. His search was coL. Mankins (US Presswire)ntentious and unsuccessful last time, as he wound up sitting out the first seven games in protest of the restricted free agent deal that the Patriot front office stuck him in. (There were reports that Mankins had turned down a long-term deal worth around $7 million a season.)

Mankins had a career-year upon returning. He garnered Pro Bowl honors and was voted by First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

Now, he’s once again looking to cash in. The difference this time is that he is an unrestricted free agent. And given the way things unfolded in New England, he figures to bolt for a new scene….right?

Not necessarily. “There are 32 teams in play,” Mankins told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “(I’ll choose) whatever one I feel is the best situation for me.”

Mankins would not talk about his situation during the season. At the Pro Bowl – where he spoke with Guregian – he was almost equally reticent. He claimed not to have been giving his next contract much thought because of the CBA situation.

Mankins did, however, briefly respond to the controversy with Bob Kraft earlier this season. Recall there were rumors that Mankins and the Patriots had come to terms much earlier than late October, but that things fell apart when the team offended Mankins by asking him to publicly apologize to Kraft.

Did he or didn’t he wind up apologizing behind closed doors? “Well, everyone knows I apologized to Mr. Kraft,” Mankins said sarcastically. “He told everyone.”

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Posted on: November 25, 2010 10:12 am
 

Making the best of the Thanksgiving games

Posted by Andy Benoit

If the NFL were to implement the Thanksgiving game tradition today, no way would the league give the Lions and Cowboys the home game each year. Television has become too significant in today’s NFL – nationally-televised games are gold for clubs. But, tradition is tradition, and there’s some 40 years of it behind Detroit and Dallas playing on America’s favorite Thursday.

The NFL aimed to appease the other 30 teams by implementing a third Thanksgiving game, but unfortunately, it’s on NFL Network, which means most fans don’t get to see it. Thanksgiving tends to be held at an older relative’s house; without any official statistics to cite, we’ll assume that the older someone is, the less likely it is they have a satellite dish. Most people, of course, get their NFL Network via satellite dish.

Anyway, this year, we have three excellent teams playing on Thanksgiving (Patriots, Saints, Jets). Unfortunately, none of them play each other. It’s possible – maybe even probable – that all three games will be blowouts. This will be especially painful for you the viewer because you’ll probably already be watching these games with family members who don’t know jack about football. Thus, you’ll have boring football buttressed by boring conversation.

So what can you do to ameliorate a potentially-frustrating situation? Try dialing in on a matchup within the matchup and just focusing on the pure art form behind it. Here is a compelling matchup within the matchup for each game:

Patriots @ Lions

Ndamukong Suh against interior Patriots O-line

Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins has been fantastic since joining the team midseason after a prolonged contract dispute. Mankins is not a pure mauler, but he delivers one of the better hand punches in football. Suh, of course, IS a pure mauler. The No. 2 overall pick is on his way to the Pro Bowl, which is rare for a rookie defensive tackle. Center Dan Koppen is one of the better help-blockers in the NFL. Koppen’s double-teaming prowess will be needed against the behemoth rookie. (Worth noting: the Patriots will be without starting RG Stephen Neal in this game.)

Saints @ Cowboys

DeMarcus Ware vs. Jermon Bushrod
D. Revis (US Presswire)
Ware’s domination of Bushrod last season is what propelled Dallas to a December upset of the then-undefeated Saints. You might think the Saints will not allow Bushrod to go one-on-one against the superstar pass-rusher. However, Sean Payton could be willing to take that gamble if he decides to go with four wide receivers and spread the Cowboys out (which he likely will).

Bengals @ Jets

Darrelle Revis vs. Who?

Last year, Revis shutdown Chad Ochocinco in back-to-back weeks (Week 17 and the Wild Card round). Ochocinco has been drawing constant double coverage this season, but many believe that Terrell Owens has emerged as Cincy’s top wideout. The Jets will tell you which receiver they most fear by how they choose to use Revis. Don’t think Ochocinco and Owens won’t take note of which guy is paid the ultimate respect. Whoever draws the Revis matchup will almost certainly be held to under four catches (the guess here is it will be Owens, as the Jets could then implement some of the double-team concepts that have hindered Ochocinco this season).

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:04 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 9

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The following are ACTIVE for today’s game: Ravens WR Donte Stallworth, Patriots G Logan Mankins

The following are INACTIVE:

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Opposing defenses can’t bring him down, but apparently a bad case of plantar fasciitis is enough to knock Gates out of the game. If Gates could have played today, he would have been Superman. As it is, he’s still a TE superhero.

Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: He continues to struggle with injuries this season. Daniels played last week, catching one pass for eight yard, but he’s having multiple leg problems. A bad hamstring will keep him out this week.

Ryan Wendell, G, Patriots: The big casualty of the Logan Mankins re-signing is Wendell. He had been starting in Mankins’ place, but now that Mankins is back, Wendell is back to the bench.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots:
Bothered by a hamstring, Branch - who's found new life in New England - won't play today. He hadn't practiced all week, so the news shouldn't be that surprising. Um, just kidding. He's active.

Jake Delhomme/Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns:
This means that, once again, Colt McCoy will start at QB for Cleveland.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills: Not a surprise, because of how late Merriman reported to his new team once he was claimed off waivers from San Diego. Expect him to be ready for next week's game.

Malcom Floyd/Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
And somewhere, Philip Rivers is weeping. At least Antonio Gates is acti ... oh, never mind.

Patrick Chung, CB, Patriots:
He's been bothered by a knee injury, and he'll miss his second-straight game. It's unfortunate for New England, because Chung is a tackling machine.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Patriots activate Mankins, dump Wheatley

Posted by Andy Benoit

In a case of the strong getting stronger, the first place Patriots will activate Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins this Sunday against the Browns. No word on whether Mankins will start (Dan Connolly has done a decent job filling in on the left side).

Mankins’ addition is a testimony to the value of humility (or at least the value of “a little bit of humility”). It took awhile, but Mankins decided to swallow his pride and report despite not having the long-term contract he wanted. The Patriots, doing their part, chose to welcome him back right away, rather than use the spiteful and misguided hardball tactic of suspending him three games. Now the team has another Pro Bowler to help out on offense.

To make room for Mankins, the Pats released disappointing cornerback Terrence Wheatley, who was a second-round pick just three years ago.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:31 pm
 

Mankins will sign his tender Tuesday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots G Logan Mankins had until Nov. 16 to report to New England in order to accrue another season of free agency and assure he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2011.

But he’s not waiting that long. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mankins will report Tuesday.

Originally, Mankins was supposed to make $3.26 million, but since he failed to sign his tender, the Patriots dropped it to $1.5 million.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:03 am
 

NFL Trade Deadline: 'Skins lower price for Albert

Posted by Will Brinson

The Washington Redskins don't think that they'll be able to find a trading parter open to giving up a hefty price for Albert Haynesworth by the time the trade deadline passes at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday.

But that's not going to stop them from continuing to shop him, possibly at a discount, according to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Reportedly, the Redskins want a second round draft pick in exchange for the defensive lineman, but "the price could be dropping" according to La Canfora's sources.

Any drop in price symbolizes two things. First, the Redskins are pretty intent on moving Haynesworth if they can, duh.

And secondly, it's become pretty transparent to everyone else in the league that Washington will get rid of Haynesworth at some point and they're not so desperate to acquire the talented defensive tackle for the remainder of the season that they'll mortgage the future.

Other names of note from the trade deadline and the possibility of them getting moved: 
  • DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith of the Panthers aren't going anywhere.
  • Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins are disgruntled RFA guys, but seem unlikely to get moved at this point.
  • Willis McGahee's name is being bandied about for RB-needy teams like the Packers. But if they weren't willing to pay a reasonable market rate for Marshawn Lynch, will they really cough up for McGahee? Plus, Baltimore might not even want to move him.
  • Everyone on the Raiders, you may recall, is available. But they're clearly tainted, so they'll probably stay put.
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