The Patsies slapped Logan Mankins with a franchise tag today. While the NFLPA and the owners may disagree on the legality of these tags, the odds are that these tags will be respected once this labor unrest is just a faint memory, like ‘Avatar’.
With the tagging of Mankins, New England commits to paying him a one year deal worth just over $10million if he stays. Any team that manages to sign the guard away from Foxboro will owe the Patsies two first round picks. Of course, New England could accept less if they decided to. Still, we don’t like the odds of Bill Belichick sending Mankins to a team within the division.
At any rate, Mankins was largely considered the best guard available. With the interior line a huge position of need, we were foolishly hoping that Miami might get a clear shot at him this offseason as part of a glorious revamp of our formerly dangerous rushing attack.
So Mankins is pretty much off the table. Between the remaining free agents (our own Soliai included), veterans being dangled, and April’s draft, it will be interesting to see if The Bifecta can fill this team’s holes with “win now” players. Considering the SoFlo Sea Mammals came within an inch of regime change last month, winning now would probably be a good idea.
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