Let’s hypothetically grant Mr. Mankins his wish. He wants traded, so let’s trade him. Come up with the trade that realizes the most value for the Patriots, but is still realistic and beneficial to the trade partner as well. We’ll get things started…
As we have so often, let’s go back to the well with the Oakland Raiders. After calling on Al Davis, we’d like the Patriots to trade Mankins for Robert Gallery, former LT bust (#2 overall) and current good but not great LG for the silver and black. In addition, the Patriots would receive the Raiders’ 3rd round picks in 2011 and 2012.
This gives the offensive line a proven starter at the NFL level to replace Mankins, and at the price of $625k in 2010, that is pretty hard to pass up. Additional draft picks in 2011 and 2012 complete the deal, which gives the Patriots additional flexibility in the upcoming NFL Drafts.
Think you can do better? Let’s hear it.