NFL NEWS: Logan Mankins
The Bucs lost two two-time Pro-Bowler guards in Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, but traded for a six-time Pro-Bowler in Logan Mankins Tuesday.
Yeah, the math doesn’t add up, but Mankins brings a stout to veteran presence to the offensive line probably not seen since Randall McDaniel. Make no mistake, Mankins isn’t the elite player he once was, otherwise the Patriots wouldn’t have given him up.
The Bucs sent their second most successful receiver last season in tight end Tim Wright and fourth round pick.
Mankins started all 130 games in his career playing guard, but has played tackle while at Fresno State.
Entering his tenth season, Mankins only missed the Pro Bowl three times in nine seasons with the Patriots, making All-Pro five times and making the Super Bowl twice.
The trade was surprising in part of the negative publicity surrounding the visit and evaluation of former Miami Dolphin guard Richie Incognito, which in a league that accepts a dog-fighting financier, wife beater and a reckless gun owner, is hardly the worst thing.
What we can expect from Mankins is more than just a Band-Aid provided he lives up to his remaining $6 million contract leftover from the Patriots. Mankins provides an interior strength that will definitely help the Bucs running game and a side for McCown to lean on in the passing game.
It’s rather amusing how much Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made use of former Buccaneers in Aqib Talib, LeGarrette Blount and now Darrelle Revis along with Tim Wright. The Bucs can only hope Mankins can contribute at least 70-80 percent of what he had in New England. General manager Jason Licht, who was with the Patriots during Mankins’ early years, still sees something in him today.
This offseason proves the Bucs are not going to just settle for a winning record. They’re going to do everything they can to return to the playoffs.