Mankins skipping voluntary workouts

Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is skipping the team’s voluntary workouts currently underway at Gillette Stadium. Mankins was one of several players who got caught in this year’s no-CBA rules, where players who would normally have been unrestricted free agents after playing the 5 years of their rookie deal were instead restricted free agents. The Patriots tendered Mankins at the highest level, meaning they would receive a first- and third- round pick if Mankins signed elsewhere, and Mankins will earn $3.268 million for one year. Mankins is looking for a long-term deal to remain with the team, but there doesn’t seem to be any movement there at the present time.

He’s not very happy,” said Mankins’ agent Frank Bauer “…..There comes a time when there is a loyalty factor, a loyalty factor with a player who has never missed a game, never missed a practice. There is a strong bond between him and Bill Belichick, but right now he’s caught in the system.”

It would be unfortunate if Mankins is a camp holdout. He is one of the best players on the team and the best offensive lineman the Pats have. Keeping Brady upright and opening holes for the running game will be much more difficult if Mankins isn’t around. I don’t think he will hold out of training camp in July, but if there is no resolution, I wouldn’t be surprised if he skips out on mini-camps and other pre-camp team activities.

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