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Logan Mankins in franchise tag limbo

Updated: February 3, 2011, 10:04 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

DALLAS -- Logan Mankins likes a good fight on the field. Now he finds himself in the middle of an off-the-field brawl, with owners and the NFL Players Association verbally sparring over the use of the franchise tag.

How it unfolds will determine Mankins' future in New England.

On Wednesday, the NFL informed teams of its belief that they can use the franchise tag starting Feb. 10, and Mankins -- the Patriots' seventh-year offensive lineman -- is a prime candidate to receive it. Mankins ...

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