Patriots Mankins to Sign Franchise Tender

Ian Logue
July 26, 2011 at 02:07pm ET

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Patriots guard Logan Mankins will remain a Patriot for at least another season. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Some more good news out of Foxboro, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins plans to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp on time with the rest of his teammates, citing league sources.

The tender guarantees Mankins $10.1 million for the season, or at least that had been the amount prior to the work stoppage. We'll have to see if that number changes.

It's a curious situation as Mankins' agent, Frank Bauer, when asked by Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald earlier in the day if he'd report responded,  “We’ll see.”   Rapoport tweeted that with labor deal just happening, Mankins needed to sort it out.

Apparently it's been sorted, and for at least another season they'll have him in the fold.

Whether or not they'll finally be able to work out a long-term contract remains to be seen. When Rapoport followed up on the signing, Bauer answered the phone, "proctology office."

Take that comment for what it's worth.