By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: August 27th, 2014 at 12:14 pm EST
The New England Patriots reportedly asked guard Logan Mankins to take a pay cut, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Once the six-time Pro Bowler said he wasn’t willing to take a pay cut, his fate was seal and the trade was made.
This season, Mankins is scheduled to make $6.25 million. In the next two seasons, he’s making $6.75 million in 2015 and 2016.
Mankins was traded to the Bucs for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick. Wright was reportedly on the outside-looking-in with Tampa, as he was not guaranteed a roster spot.
With the Patriots not willing to pay him, he knew that teams would be willing him the money that he’s owed. He’s a borderline Hall of Famer, who has been a top-1o run-blocker in Pro Football Focus’ grades over the past seven years.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a history of getting rid of older players, and all have worked out in his favor. Quarterback Tom Brady is the only veteran player, who Belichick hasn’t given up on during his tenure.
From 2010 through 2012, the Patriots ran the most 2-tight end plays in the NFL.