Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has a blog entry this morning regarding the unsettled situation between the Patriots and guard Logan Mankins.  According to the report Mankins’ agent, Frank Baur, claims that since the day Mankins demaded to be traded, there has been “zero” communication between the two sides.

“I think any time the door opens, a deal can get done,” Bauer said. “Look, I’m good friends with Bill (Belichick), I know Bob Kraft real well. But (labor) circumstances came out and turned everything sideways. … But you never know who is going to pick up a phone and say, ‘We need to get this thing done.’ But then again, I’ve been at this a long time. I’ve seen things. Logan’s a highly principled kid. You say one thing, do anything, things happen.”

Rapoport asked him if he felt the two sides could find some way to meet in the middle, and the answer wasn’t exactly promising.

“Well…” Bauer said. “Nah. I mean, well, Logan’s pretty, pretty, pretty upset over this whole thing. I’ll tell you one thing, I’m old-school, he’s old-school. We’re two highly principled guys. If everyone’s making two bucks, I’ll make two bucks. If everyone is making $8 million, I’m making $8 million.”

We’ll have to wait and see how this one turns out, but suffice it to say the chances of Mankins return to New England aren’t looking very positive right now.