The Invisible Man...kins

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What to do about the invisible Mankins

Poll closed Sep 11, 2010.
  1. Pay the man

  2. Trade the man

  3. Play it out

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  1. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?

    I just saw an article over on by Jason LaCanfora about what he thinks teams should do with the remaining high profile holdouts. He covers Revis, of course. His recommendation is pay him. Then he covers McNeill and Jackson and Merriman in SD (pay him, trade him, play it out respectively). Then he oddly opines about Haynesworth.

    That's it. No other holdouts on the media radar, apparently. I wonder how Logan and his agent feel about the lack of attention his particular holdout seems to generate. I also think it's interesting that his agent also represents one of the Charger holdouts, Jackson, I believe.

    And even locally, opining about whether Tommy will get a deal he's already indicated he will play without this week, this month, this year, next year... And now whether Welker is really as driven as he appears because he loves the game or simply jonesing for a new deal... That crap dominates the airwaves with nary a mention of the invisible mankins.

    So, on the eve of the pre season and in the spirit of the article, what say ye Patsfans about Logan Mankins... since nobody else seems to care... news: How to smooth things over with unhappy high-profile players
  2. TBradyOwnsYou

    TBradyOwnsYou 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

  3. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    #11 Jersey

    screw mankins. the pats aparently already made him a excellent offer. pay brady
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  4. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

    No Jersey Selected

    Make a fake business apology that means nothing ("sorry you felt disrespected", "we're disappointed that you're upset", "we feel bad that you were upset about your misunderstanding of our offer", etc.), give him a reasonable one year contract, and get him in there to protect Brady's ass. The man is a rock and we have no substitute. Get his hick butt through those doors pronto.
  5. pencilneckgeek

    pencilneckgeek Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    No Jersey Selected

    Bite the bullet and pay him. The laws of supply and demand rule, and the Pats demand for a solid offensive line is great, at least if they have any hope of competing for a title. Kaczur is done. Connolly is soft. You can talk about building a tougher team, but it takes a lifetime for an individual player to build it, and Logan has it in spades.
  6. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

    No Jersey Selected

    PS, this is the best thread title I've seen in a long time.
  7. RussFrancis

    RussFrancis Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    My feeling is the media doesnt report a whole lot on stories of which most people sort of know the answer. People pretty much know Mankins isnt re-signing with this team. Its more or less a fact. Some would argue. But how many high end interior offensive line contracts has this team drawn up in the last 10 years. Its not even interesting because its a non factor.

    The media also doesnt talk a whole lot about Manning's contract because we all pretty much know he's just gonna sign a whopper of a contract that will make him the highest paid player in the game. There's nothing to wonder about there besides when it will actually happen.

    Brady's contract is more interesting because he hasnt broken the bank with any contracts, so people are just wondering if he's gonna do that this time around. We dont know if its gonna be blockbuster money, or team-friendly money again. Its actually interesting. Things that make us wonder are actually interesting. But noone really cares about some anonymous Olineman who's hardly said 3 words in 5 years with this team, knowing full well he's about to sit on his butt all year more than likely.
  8. betterthanthealternative

    betterthanthealternative In the Starting Line-Up

    They HAVE made an offer that is a ton of money

    And is only a few hundred thousand less than what NO paid their guy.

    If you were to take the PFW analysis and identify the difference in value for a guard who makes 10% fewer positive blocks and has 10% more negative ones than Mankins, you'd have an average guard making a couple million a year and having fairly insignificant impact on your won/loss record.

    The poll sets up a false choice. The real choices are as follows:

    1) Stick to your offer, which is more than what you value a Guard already and is one of the richest contracts ever for an interior lineman

    2) Increase your offer by a few hundred thousand to give Mankins what he's demanding, and set yourself up for this with every player you negotiate with for the next decade

    3) Trade him.
  9. Triumph

    Triumph Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    #75 Jersey

    Mankins need to apologize to Bob Kraft first.

    Then approach the Pats about his contract.

    I like the way the Pats are handling the situation. Ignoring Mankins and moving on as if he was out for the season.
  10. Tunescribe

    Tunescribe Supporter Supporter

    #61 Jersey

    You haven't voted yet, what is your opinion? I say wait it out. He was offered a great deal already and was a fool for turning it down.
  11. Buchanty

    Buchanty Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    #51 Jersey

    I like this approach - I get the impression that Mankins is more about principles than about the money (unlike Revis). A simple admission that they had not intended to ignore his efforts in 2009 or slight him in any way and a minor adjustment to the contract that benefits Mankins and you could be there.

    On the other hand if it is the money - Play it out!
  12. RayClay

    RayClay Hall of Fame Poster

    #75 Jersey

    I don't know. Shouldn't they be honest and admit that they're lying, two faced scum and beg him to take 8 million per long term?
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  13. CheeseMonkeys

    CheeseMonkeys 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    #11 Jersey

    How do you know this is what's happening?
  14. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

    No Jersey Selected

    My thoughts exactly.
  15. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

    No Jersey Selected

    Ah, you have jumped to step 2 of my diabolical plan.

    Seriously, this crap happens all of the time in business (and sports, I guess). Someone plays hardball, some BS concessions are made, and then the two sides come together. A week later it's all forgotten.

    To those suggesting the Pats play hardball, who exactly does that benefit? Why should the Pats punish themselves by fielding an inferior O-line and risk their franchise player if they can get this thing done and bring in their stud guard with a couple minor concessions?

    Get that hick in F-boro now!
  16. patsfan-1982

    patsfan-1982 In the Starting Line-Up

    i think we all remember how bad the D line was last year with out seymour, the O line will be the same with out Mankins, i hope they work something out
  17. DropKickFlutie

    DropKickFlutie Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Though I'm a big fan of this franchise's current management, I am a player's person when it comes down to who I support in negotiations.

    If I were Mankins I would be a bit peeved as well. He played out the entirety of his crappy rookie deal, which should get credit given other holdouts like Revis who still has a whopping 3 years left on his deal. The deal offered by the Patriots, publicized everywhere to seem like it was a reasonable offer, was about a fifth lower than the top paid guard in the league.

    The Patriots do have a history of being tough negotiators, it's what makes them so great in a salary capped league. They even did it to Brady before, on the radio awhile ago they reported that after the first championship the Patriots wouldn't budge on a $20,000 bonus to get Brady re-signed, and Brady never forgot it, he made them re-include that on their 3rd contract together afterwards.
  18. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    LOL Thanks PJ. It just struck me as I read the LaCanfora piece that it's as if Mankins doesn't exist...

    As for your somewhat alternate option of paying him for a year, that was never gonna fly with this guy. He wants his long term deal on his terms or nothing by all indications.
  19. patsfan-1982

    patsfan-1982 In the Starting Line-Up

    i agree he played out he's contract pay him or trade him... i looked up player salaries in 2009 i don't know if this is true but it said Mankins made less then 1.5 million last year he is a all pro LG
  20. WhiZa

    WhiZa Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    It's not like the Pats to pay a player who doesn't put the team first. I put trade him just like they did with Branch
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