The Boston Herald, citing friends of New England Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins who know him well, reported that Mankins, who has skipped all of the Patriots’ offseason workouts, is fully prepared to sit out the entire 2010 season.
His friends say in the report that Mankins has saved most of the $7 million he has earned in his five years in the NFL and thus would not feel the financial pressure to end his holdout.
Mankins’ colleagues say he is in shape and ready to play. But they do not believe he ever will play for the Patriots, barring an unexpected turn. They also wonder if he would agree to a deal with the Patriots, even if he got what he wanted, now that he has made his stance.
Mankins, a two-time Pro Bowler, would have been an unrestricted free agent under the rules of the last collective bargaining agreement. However, when the owners opted out of the deal, triggering 2010’s uncapped year, only players with six years in the NFL gained unrestricted status.
Mankins has refused to sign his $3.26 million tender offer from the Patriots.
If he does not report to the team before Week 10, Mankins will not get credit for having played this season, which means he could be in the same situation next season. Mankins time in New England it would appear is over. The only scenario in which Mankins doesn’t sit out the entire 2010 season if if he is traded.