Mankins: All cool with Robert Kraft

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots All-Pro guard Logan Mankins practiced for the first time Thursday, then met with reporters after the session. One of the notable aspects of the interview was when he was asked where things stand between himself and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"Let's get things straight. Me and Mr. Kraft never had a problem. I never said he lied," Mankins told reporters. "When I said the organization, I never said he did. So let's get that straight right now. Me and Mr. Kraft never had a problem. We've talked last offseason, we've talked last season, we've talked this offseason, we've talked in training camp, so everything is good between me and him."

Mankins was referring to remarks made to ESPNBoston.com last June (story here).

Mankins said he was happy to be back with the team in 2011, and asked why he decided to sign his $10.1 million franchise tender so quickly, he said, "I figured I'm getting paid a lot of money this year, I should put in a full year."

When it comes to a potential longer contract, Mankins said, "This year I'm putting everything behind me. I'm going to try to have a good year, help the team, and if I play good things will take care of themselves."

An extension with the Patriots is a possibility.

"Oh yeah, there's always a chance. I've talked to the coaches, ownership, everyone. We're all on the same page. We'll just see what happens," he said.

At the same time, Mankins said he understands "it's a business more now than ever."