Logan Mankins was under no illusion about his place in the NFL and the sentimentality of the Patriots front office. He saw it firsthand when the Patriots traded Richard Seymour in 2009. There have been many other unhappy endings, including, before Mankins’s arrival, the release of Lawyer Milloy in 2003 and trade of Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
“The team, they want good players, but they want to make money, too,” Mankins said back in April. “That’s their job. They’re not just here to hand out money to everyone.”
And that’s why Tuesday it was Mankins’s turn to join the list of ignominious exits from Foxborough. The Patriots traded Mankins, 32, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a young athletic tight end (Tim Wright) and a fourth-round pick, a seeming pittance for their six-time Pro Bowler, three-time captain, and a possible Hall of Famer.
But winning and turning a profit are 1 and 1A for the front office, and Mankins’s value to the team just didn’t quite match his bloated salary for this year ($6.25 million). Most teams let their aging stars ride off into the sunset, but that doesn’t fly around here, not with Tom Brady’s clock ticking and the need for another championship growing more desperate each season.
The Patriots instead will develop several younger players on the offensive line and save more than $13 million in cap space over the next two years with this trade.
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