Age Not A Factor With MankinsAugust 26th, 2014
Wow, Joe knew something was up this afternoon when Bucs media relations staff said general manager Jason Licht would have an impromptu press conference outside under the Florida sun.
While Licht is media friendly, he has kept arm’s length away from media for a while outside of the Carl Nicks news, which also was revealed under the Florida sun. But it was clear this was big news when the impromptu press conference was relocated inside One Buc Palace.
And it was. The Bucs solved their hole at guard by acquiring All-Pro Logan Mankins from the Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and an as yet unconfirmed draft pick, rumored to be a fourth-round pick.
Licht must think he got a steal because Joe knows he really, really liked Tim Wright, and said so at the NFL Scouting Combine this past winter.
A former employee of Bill Belicheat, Licht said the tape on Mankins shows no difference than when Licht was working in New England a few years ago. So age was not a factor in the trade, he said.
Licht also lauded how great of a locker room presence Mankins is from his experience in New England. Joe thought it was interesting how much Licht pushed Mankins’ leadership in the wake of the dalliance with sleazy Richie Incognito.