Monday, March 22, 2010
Updated: March 23, 9:37 AM ET
Agent: Mankins not happy with contract
By Mike Reiss
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is staying away from the New England Patriots' voluntary offseason program because of dissatisfaction with his contract situation, his agent Frank Bauer said Monday at the NFL's annual meeting.
Mankins is a restricted free agent who was tendered at the highest level, at $3.26 million. While the Patriots have struck extensions with other players, Mankins has seen little to no movement toward a new deal, which sparked his decision to stay away.
Mankins, who signed a five-year contract as a rookie in 2005, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this year. But his situation was altered by the change to an uncapped environment, as players with four and five years of experience reverted to restricted free agent status.
"I've spoken with Logan a couple times and we'll leave those conversations privately," coach Bill Belichick said when asked about Mankins' situation Tuesday. "Logan is a good player. He's done a good job for us. I'm sure it will all get worked out in the end."
After he was named to the Pro Bowl last December, Mankins touched on his contract situation.
"You think about it," he said at the time. "You see other guys signing extensions, and you wish you were one of those guys with an extension. It is what it is, I guess. You'll have to ask the powers that be around here if I'm going to get one or not. Because I don't know."
The Boston Globe reported on Mankins' decision to stay away earlier Monday.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.