As reported earlier, the Patriots have signed kicker Stephen Gostkowski to a four-year contract extension. This move is a stark contrast to the movement, or lack thereof, with Logan Mankins’ contract situation. Both players entered the 2010 offseason in similar situations, as restricted free agents. Both players received tenders at the higher end. Ownership stated that it wanted both players to remain Patriots for a long time. Mankins, upset at receiving a tender and not a new contract to his liking, decided not to sign his tender to play this season and instead has held out throughout the summer. Mankins is prepared to sit the entire season and has blasted ownership, calling them liars, and has requested a trade. Gostkowski has handled his situation much, much differently.
Gostkowski, who most likely was not excited about being tendered and not having a new contract, decided to sign his tender and show up for work. He has been present at all team activities and has been his usual, hard-working self. Throughout camp while the offense and defense are wooing fans, Gostkowski works off to the side on his technique, going virtually unnoticed until he joins the team to kick field goals. Signing his tender, showing up to work and keeping his mouth shut has gotten Gostkowski what he wanted: a new contract. His contract puts him in the upper tier for kicker salaries. Mankins was given a contract proposal that would’ve put him in the upper tier for guards, but elected not to sign, or at least continue the negotiation process.
Logan Mankins should take a look at this example, open up the lines of communication with the Patriots (fire his agent in my opinion), and get his butt to Foxborough.