Monday, June 14, 2010
Mankins wants out of New England
Darrelle Revis has company among the list of star players disgruntled about their contracts.
While the New York Jets cornerback was able to smile about his disappointment, New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins demanded a trade Monday.
"At this point, I'm pretty frustrated, from everything that's happened and the way negotiations have gone," Mankins told ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. "I want to be traded. I don't need to be here any more."
Revis and Mankins are in much different situations. Revis is under contract, while Mankins is a restricted free agent. Mankins was supposed to be unrestricted, but rules in place for the uncapped season, with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire after the season, put strict limitations on Mankins' ability to play for the highest bidder.
Mankins has until 11:59 p.m. Monday night to sign his qualifying offer of about $3.27 million. At midnight, the Patriots are allowed to reduce their offer to $1.54 million, a 10 percent raise over last year's salary.
"There is no way that I'm signing that thing," Mankins said.
New England's mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday, but Mankins wouldn't be obligated to attend if he's not under contract.
Mankins unloaded over his belief Patriots owner Robert Kraft hasn't dealt with him fairly, that he played 2009 with an undervalued contract. Mankins went to his second Pro Bowl.
"Right now, this is about principle with me and keeping your word and how you treat people," Mankins said. "This is what I thought the foundation of the Patriots was built on. Apparently, I was wrong. Growing up, I was taught a man's word is his bond. Obviously this isn't the case with the Patriots."
Ever the statesman, Reiss on Monday morning posted a blog item that could provide the ultimate compromise. Reiss outlines a pact of six years and $48.2 million, breaking down how the deal would work in terms of guaranteed money.