According to ESPN Boston’s Tim Yates, the New England Patriots have traded six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. .
Mankins, a first-round draft selection in 2005, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Patriots and has been one of New England’s most consistent linemen. The interior line is a position of great importance on the Patriots, since Tom Brady has the ability to step up into the pocket well to avoid edge pressure, but lacks scrambling ability to deal effectively with interior pressure.
Mankins signed a six-year contract worth $51 million with New England as recently as 2011.
Tim Wright, a 6’4’’ 220 lb Tight End for Tampa, is a second year player. Presumably added to bolster the thin TE position in New England, Wright had 54 receptions for 571 yards last year. His relatively lighter frame though brings into question how effective he will be as a blocker, especially in the run game.