Bucs Wanted Patriots’ Backup GuardAugust 28th, 2014
It is interesting that the seed that grew into the Logan Mankins trade for Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick was planted back in late July, per Bucs general manager Jason Licht’s comments Tuesday.
Yesterday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Twittered that the genesis of the trade actually was Licht dumpster-diving for a different guard.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2014
What precipitated the Patriots giving up Mankins? It seemed Patriots strongman Bill Belicheat demanded Mankins accept a rework of his contract, again Rapoport Twittered.
And there, folks, is how the trade came to be. Remember, it was late July, right at the start of training camp and right at the time Licht and the Bucs learned hobbled guard Carl Nicks could no longer make a go of it.
It is kind of cool how cold call looking for a backup suddenly turns into an All-Pro guard. The Patriots’ loss is the Bucs’ gain.