Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Updated: July 27, 8:32 AM ET
Pats' Logan Mankins to report on time
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins, who held out the first half of last season, plans to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp on time with the rest of the New England Patriots, his agent said Tuesday.
"Early this morning, Logan spoke with (coach) Bill (Belichick) and both are very happy, happy to get started. Logan is looking forward to being with his teammates and coaches, with a fresh start," agent Frank Bauer said.
The one-year franchise tender will pay Mankins a guaranteed salary of about $10.1 million. The seventh-year veteran could have chosen to not sign the tender, not report to camp on time, and press the team for a long-term contract.
Instead, by signing the tender, Mankins will collect the average of the top five salaries at his position this season, and then put himself in line either for a contract extension with the Patriots or possibly unrestricted free agency next spring.
Mankins and the Patriots have until Sept. 20 to work out a long-term contract, per the new labor deal. It is unclear at this point if fences have been mended between Mankins and the Patriots to the point of the sides being able to drop past grudges and come to terms on a long-term deal by that deadline.
Mankins and the Patriots were at odds last summer, when the guard said he hoped to be traded because of the slow pace of negotiations on a contract extension.
Mankins was a restricted free agent -- a result of the NFL going from a salary-cap system to an uncapped year in 2010 -- but did not sign his $3.26 million tender. That led to an extended standoff, with Mankins not reporting until the eighth game of the season. The Patriots sliced his tender to $1.54 million, which was prorated over the final nine games of the season.
Mankins was one of 10 named plaintiffs in the players' antitrust lawsuit against the league, which was settled, pending the new collective bargaining agreement being finished by Aug. 4.
Mankins, 29, was a first-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2005. He has been to three Pro Bowls, including 2010, despite the holdout.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.