Bill Belichick on Mankins trade

August, 26, 2014
Aug 26
4:10
PM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick made the following statement on trading Logan Mankins:

“Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made -- and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make -- but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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