On the coattails of a largely speculative Tom Brady contract drama, the very real situation of Logan Mankins’ future with the Patriots is starting to get a little sticky.
Vince Wilfork and Leigh Bodden both got their long-term contracts this spring, and after Brady, Mankins seems like the most likely Patriot to get paid. Due to the uncapped year, the Pro Bowl guard is a restricted free-agent, as he doesn’t have the necessary number of accredited seasons.
On March 4th, the Patriots tendered Mankins at the 1st+3rd level ($3.26 million) which he has yet to sign. However, if he still hasn’t signed by Tuesday, the Patriots are able to drop that amount to 110% of his 2009 salary. This would more than halve his salary, to just over $1.5 million.
The Patriots have sent a letter to Mankins apprising him of the situation. While Mankins is reportedly “furious”, and the Patriots are doing their own posturing, let’s hope cooler heads prevail. Losing a team leader that hadn’t missed a practice (before this off-season), let alone a game, become a locker room problem is the last thing that Coach Belichick and the 2010 Patriots need.