Schefter: Apology Request Killed Patriots Negotiations With Mankins

Ian Logue
September 12, 2010 at 12:01pm ET

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Just when you thought that the Logan Mankins deal was dead, two weeks ago apparently it wasn't.

Now it appears that it definitely is, and it looks like Mankins days in New England are likely over.

It appears that after one final try, Mankins career is over in New England. (PHOTO:Icon/SMI)
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the two sides nearly consumated a deal but it was killed over a request by the Patriots for a public apology by the veteran offensive lineman.

Things had initially gone fairly well, after Patriots brass reportedly asked Mankins to apologize to owner Robert Kraft, which he did and the two even had a good conversation that appeared to pave the way toward getting a deal done with the veteran offensive lineman.

However, after that request, according to Schefter the team then asked that Mankins make a public apology, which he was offended by and the relationship between the two sides is now at the point of no return - which will likely now force a trade. This actually won't be easy, since working out compensation to satisfy the two sides will likely be a difficult issue to agree on.

Hard to believe they went from being so close to where they are now. Unfortunately after this final attempt, it looks like we've probably seen the last of Mankins on the field for the Patriots.