In a shocking move, the New England Patriots have traded Logan Mankins for a TE Tim Wright and a draft pick. Mankins is a 6x Pro Bowler and has been an anchor on the Patriots’ offensive line for almost a decade.
Mankins was a staple on the line and while he is beginning to show his age (he’s 32), he still is one of the better line man in the league. Mankins has made the Pro Bowl 4 straight years (2010-2013) and was a key starter on the Patriots front.
In return for Mankins, the Patriots receive Tight End Tim Wright, who is a good player in his own right. Wright wend undrafted last year and was signed by the Bucs. Wright played college at Rutgers, as well as playing under Greg Schiano. Both connections probably led the Patriots to Target Wright.
The draft pick the Patriots will be receiving has not yet been disclosed, if it is anything less than a 2nd round pick, I believe the Patriots made a bad move. While Mankins is beginning to slow down, he was an amazing player who I will miss, and I think Brady will as well. While Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and 5 Tds as a rookie, he can’t replace a leader like Mankins.
The past few moves the Patriots have been making have been head scratchers (releasing Tommy Kelly), hopefully it’s a sign that the front office has faith in their younger players…or they’ve lost their minds. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.