ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that All-Pro guard Logan Mankins has signed a six-year contract with the New England Patriots.

Earlier today, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke with reporters for about 20 minutes and hinted a deal could be close. The Patriots owner said a deal for Logan Mankins could be finished “soon” and he would be a “Patriot for life” according to multiple reporters in attendance on Wednesday afternoon.

The terms of the deal were not yet disclosed, but Patriots Nation can rest easy knowing he will stay in New England. I am very happy the two sides could come together and finally settle this issue. In my opinion, this was long overdue but the Pats are able to retain one  of the NFL’s best guards.

On another note, Mankins cap hit was around 10 million for this season. With a new deal in place, the cap hit is lowered for the Pats and gives them for cap space for this season, as well as locking the perennial pro-bowler down for six years.

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