Can McCown Match Tom Brady’s Motivation?September 1st, 2014
The newest Buccaneers guard, All-Pro Logan Mankins, was still desired by Patriots management before his trade to Tampa. The Pats just wanted to pay him less.
That nugget and more comes from pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading, NPR-listening, filthy-hotel-staying, fight-instigating, barista-training Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, who talked to Mankins for his Monday column.
Per King, Mankins said he and the club discussed a pay cut but, “We couldn’t come to terms. I just felt this didn’t make sense for me. We agreed to disagree on it. And eventually it came to this. I have nothing but love for New England. I played for a great family [the Krafts], and I got to play for the best offensive line coach [Dante Scarnecchia] in the game for nine years. I got to play with Tom Brady, and I have so much respect for him. It’ll be tough to not be on his team. Tom, he’s one of those guys a lineman will do whatever it takes to protect him. If I had to give up my body for him, whatever, I’d do it. So now I’m a Buc.”
This should help quiet those who think Mankins was dealt because Bill Belichick secretly knows Mankins is washed up, like the Bucs were certain of with Davin Joseph.
The reality is the Patriots didn’t like Mankins’ value and $6 million+ per year and wanted a perceived better deal, much like the Bucs and Darrelle Revis, who was wanted by Lovie Smith but not for $1 million per game.
Joe was a little unnerved by Mankins’ comments about Tom Brady. Will Mankins be as driven and motivated by the Bucs’ starting quarterback? Josh McCown might have nearly impossible shoes to fill when it comes to Mankins.