So sorry: Logan Mankins deal implodes

This report is stupefying.

ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing multiple sources close to the situation, reported Sunday morning the New England Patriots were close to re-signing Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins two weeks ago but the deal fell apart because owner Robert Kraft wanted a public apology for comments Mankins made in June.

The sources told Schefter that Mankins called Kraft to apologize for questioning the organization's integrity, and the conversation went well. About 90 minutes later, Kraft requested Mankins make a public apology.

Schefter writes:

Not only did Mankins refuse, but he became offended, according to sources. The optimism that had been built, the momentum that the talks had generated completely collapsed -- and even regressed.

Now it's to the point where Mankins no longer wants to play in New England, the Patriots may be forced to trade him and there is no resolution is in sight -- despite the fact that one was so close so recently.

Instead, Dan Connolly will be starting at left guard Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.