“Shock” In New EnglandAugust 26th, 2014
There is no dancing this afternoon in Copley Square, no celebrating at the Cape. Patriots Nation is stunned by the trade of Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers for Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick.
NESN.com Pats beat writer Doug Kyed pulls no punches in his report.
The Patriots are never short on surprises, but this move is among their most shocking in recent memory. Mankins’ skills had appeared to be declining after he played through a torn ACL in 2011, but he still was one of the Patriots’ top offensive linemen. With long-time offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia gone, as well as Mankins, the Patriots’ offensive line might not be as consistent as they have been in Tom Brady’s tenure under center.
Yes, you read that correctly. Mankins, 32, played through an ACL tear in 2011. What a warrior!
He may not be what he was, but the guy started 16 games last year and made the Pro Bowl.
And Patriots fans are stunned. Joe’s been enjoying some sports radio in Boston this afternoon. Wow!