“Shock” In New England

August 26th, 2014

Today’s Bucs-Pats trade sending Logan Mankins to the Bucs is a stunner in Boston

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!

58 Responses to ““Shock” In New England”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Much better than Incognito.

    Did not damage the reputation of the team with this one either.

  2. RastaMon Says:

    This is all Jeff Tedford….”smoke bubble screen”…..Richie is coming soon…slipping though the media chaff ….

  3. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    I’m excited…but we haven’t had the best of luck trading with the Pats and Mankins is getting up there in age, so I’m skeptical.

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    But wait, I thought that we got screwed? I’ve been reading the other fan reactions to this and I was sure that we got screwed on this one simply because NE was involved. But you’re saying that NE fans are upset about the trade. I’m so confused.

  5. pablo Says:

    we still have nobody to play right guard why are you guys so excited . Pablo is very confused

  6. AF_Buc Says:

    This is a great trade for both parties. We’re hurting at guard, they’re hurting at TE. Sefarian-Jenkins is going to be a BEAST so I’m not worried about our TE situation.

  7. robert9 Says:

    “Trading him is a strong statement by Bill Belichick that he no longer views Mankins as an elite player. Finances are certainly a factor too. Breer points out that Mankins’ 2014 cap number is just over $10 million more than Wright’s $498,333 cap number.”

    football is a business guys, some of you just don’t get it. we got fleeced. lost a 4th and a promising TE, arguably our best player last year. and it cost us 10 mill when incognito could have done the job for pennies on the dollar. WTF is all I can say.

    let’s hope he will teach the young guys, but what motivation does he have to do that. he teaches them and they get good he gets released next year.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We will bring in Richie to pick on Pablo and Joe….. & then Mankins will pick on Richie…..

  9. T-DUB Says:

    The excitement is huge! People keep asking me why i’m so excited abou my Bucs this year. THIS! This is why! L&L keep pulling the trigger!

    loving it.

  10. Gus Says:

    Pablo….they traded for another guard to compete for the right side. Mankins solidifies one side of the line and will leave Evan Dietrich-Smith to give support on the right side……it makes the whole line better to put it layman’sterms

  11. Orca Says:

    People will always find a reason to complain apparently. Average fans also think they know better than L&L. Kinda hilarious.

  12. Jim Says:

    I’m from Boston, and I’m loving it. Everybody’s pissed!

  13. Westsidebucsfan Says:

    Robert: the reports say the cap hit this year is a shade under 7 mill while the next 2 years are a shade over 7 mill. Who’s to say he isn’t open to restructure.

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    @orca – what do you expect? I mean, they have google at their disposal and they listen to sports radio so clearly they’re in the know about what’s going on with the team. Much better than the people who are actually in charge and spend every day actually in 1Buc.

  15. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Pablo is always confused. In fact, Pablo should change his screen name to “Pablo is Confused”.

  16. 77 bassman Says:

    I’m loving it I don’t usually listen to duemig
    but he is blasting all you tree huggers today
    that was against the incognito signing!

  17. Mac Says:

    @ robert 9

    How do you know we still won’t sign Incognito?

    We actually need 2 starting guards not just one…

  18. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Patriots are absolutely freeing up money to go WR shopping (Andre Johnson perhaps?). Mankins is better than what was starting on the Bucs, but let’s be real he’s getting older and has a big salary. I understand the desperation, but I think the Pats fleeced Licht by getting a productive young player who has room for improvement plus a 4th round pick when you figure we could have kept Zuttah for less money (and the 5th round pick was already traded away this year for another 4th round this year)

  19. Patrick in VA Says:

    @TOTL – and when Wright got cut from the roster you would have complained about him being let go for nothing.

  20. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Belechick knows how to get the better of trades usually (with the Buc’s). I’m guessing he saw some big time decline in Mankins.

  21. Ernest T. Bass Says:

    Look at that picture! Schiano grabbed Bellicheats ass and he is yelling OUCH!!

  22. Brian D. Says:

    To the debbie-downers whining “Whaaa we still need a right guard”

    Find me and offensive line in this league that doesn’t have a question mark. We’re fine.

  23. T-DUB Says:

    Thank you @Brian D.!

  24. mike n Says:

    Mankins is an upgrade but did give up 10 sacks last year. Good for timmy wright…If he knows the pats play book then he will be a star

  25. billy buckaroo Says:

    Solid move.
    The pieces just keep falling into place.
    Keep it going

  26. Steve Graves Says:

    Let’s just be sure he doesn’t STUB his BIG TOE getting off the airplane on the way into Tampa please.

    This is a very good deal for all. We HAD to have a quality guard……really need another as well. But this is great news.

    Keep JM vertical and the Hampster running free down field!!!!!! I feel better…..I feel better…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Jeffbuc Says:

    @robert9 yeah his cap hit is 10 million but we only pay 5.5 million of that this year. And 6.25 next year. The pats are on the hook for the remaining 4 million because it was salary cap money. And a 4th rounder and a back up tight end for a 6x pro bowler yeah that’s horrible. Cause we would have got the best guard to play the game in the 4th round. Some of you just like to complain are team just got better today and you are worrying about losing a 4th rd pick. WOW

  28. Rrsrq Says:

    Bucs traded for a right guard…not only that there is now a veteran on the team that can teach technique to these young guards

  29. Jeffbuc Says:

    At the end of the 2014 season, Mankins will have completed a full decade in a Patriots uniform, becoming as synonymous with New England’s run of success as any player not named Tom Brady. And for good reason, as the left guard has earned a trip to the Pro Bowl following each of the past five seasons, a testament to the fact that he’s always the consistently good element in the trenches for Bill Belichick and Company.
    In this article he was rated the number 3 interior lineman in the game. So he’s not over the hill stop the complaining

  30. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Wright was promising, make no mistake, after one year of play.

    But, so, was Michael Clayton after one season. Mankins is a KNOWN quantity.

    The team felt TE was a position of depth. I was zero qualms with the trade.

  31. Skyline Crew Says:

    Wright might have been cut anyway. I’m not sure about the 4th pick though. Might be too much.

  32. Soggybottom Says:

    Look at this team now compared to last year, I for one can not thank L+L and the whole organization enough, Great job and you did it in less than a year.. Once again very proud to be a Bucs Fan…

  33. DB55 Says:

    Patrick in VA Says:
    August 26th, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    @orca – what do you expect? I mean, they have google at their disposal and they listen to sports radio so clearly they’re in the know about what’s going on with the team. Much better than the people who are actually in charge and spend every day actually in 1Buc.


    You mean like the same people who had oneil cousins starting at guard? Or the same people who cut our entire oline wo any plan in place. Maybe you mean the same people who told us Collins has never given up a sack except of course for every game this year? Maybe you mean the people who used our 3rd round pick on a RB rather than a lineman.

  34. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    Played through an ACL tear? Damn! That’s a football player! I’ll bet he would play through MRSA too! ;-p

  35. Patrick in VA Says:

    @db55 – I’m not going to do the research, because I just have better things to do with my time, but since you are so deeply entrenched in holding a grudge against your team for not doing what you wanted them to do, if you can find the guards we could have gotten in the third round and show me that they are killing it so far in the league then I’ll stop thinking you’re a whiny boob that is complaining for the sake of complaining

  36. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    @ Patrick inVA

    Had the plan been to cut Wright then yes you are correct. Why they would have cut a guy who had as productive a rookie campaign as Wright did and had such a small salary does seen unlikely though? As I said I understand the desperation on the Bucs part, they probably realized in hindsight that they should have kept either Joseph or Zuttah and did what they had to in order to have a chance at keeping any QB alive. I just think they paid a lot for a guy who is on the decline (yet sadly still far better than the other starting guards the Bucs were using)

  37. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    I thought the Chowders Heads in Bawston revered Belicheat as a god? In Belicheat they trust! How dare that town of bloody red sox be in shock and up in arms against their beloved team!

    Yes, if Mankins’ makes another pro bowl this year and Wright is as productive at TE as Aaron Hernandez was last year, I’ll be damn ecstatic that ‘Tampa’ got over on ‘New England’ and specifically Boston!

  38. Luther Says:

    @Jeffbuc I totally agree. We would be stuck with a terrible line and a 5-11 record (being generous) and people would be complaining that Lovie has not learned anything from his days in Chicago.

  39. Buc the Haters Says:

    With the combination of Mankins and either Omameh/Rishaw Johnson/Incognito, we are beastin pretty hard up front now. Kudos to the front office for being bold and having a healthy dissatisfaction for the status quo!!! SB bound baby

  40. BFFL Says:

    I’m a Bucs fan living in NE and I can tell you that Mankins is a fan favorite up here. They have no clue who Tim Wright is. Typical NE fans only know their own players. I guarantee you Beltichick has big plans to use Wright to fill that 2 TE scheme.

  41. BoJim Says:

    Well, every body wanted a guard so now we got a good one. Please stay healthy.

  42. Architek Says:

    This is even more impressive – I remember him playing through the injury and this was after he signed his deal.

    This is nothing short of brilliant! Guards that are lucky and keep themselves in great fitness/football shape can play into mid to late 30s.

    I think we should be able to get 3 solid years from him.

  43. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    I can’t help wonder if NE was holding out wanting a higher round draft pick (than just a 4th RD) from the Bucs in this deal until Incognito showed up at One Buc for interviews. If this deal was indeed in the works for close to a month, the timing of the announcement is interesting. I’m sure Incognito was brought to Tampa to either make NE crap or get off the pot OR help the Bucs determine if the offer on the table for Mankins was something they should pull the trigger on. Either way, Incognito probably got played here.

  44. DB55 Says:

    @pat in va – what Towsontheline said especially about overpaying for a player in decline. Almost every decision the FO has made this year has blown up in there face. But people like you want to get on your knees and suck their Richards. Well have fun hope it tastes like pineapples.

  45. TBFAN813 Says:

    I see this trade as a win-win for all parties involved. The Bucs get some much needed help on the offensive line with a proven NFL player and the Pats get another receiver for Tom Brady. Wright seemed like he was going to be the odd man out since the Bucs are deep at tight end and he is a poor blocker. Austin Sefarian Jenkins is a second round draft pick that is definitely going to get his chance to show what he can do at the TE spot and has a much higher ceiling than the, WR turned TE, Tim Wright.

  46. Patrick in VA Says:

    @db55 – can’t imagine having that kind of attitude about a team that I’m a fan of. If it’s so unbearable following this team then stop doing it

  47. TBFAN813 Says:

    Win – Win for both sides

  48. whocares92 Says:

    I think DB55 was a Schiano man.

  49. Orca Says:

    Wow, I think the DB in DB55 probably stands for douche bag. And 55 is the IQ. Phucking complainer…

  50. joe$sucsfan Says:

    lets start a collection for db55 he really needs to get laid

  51. Biloxibu Says:

    Thank you Orca

  52. Harry Says:

    I am confused by this trade. I love that we got a very good guard. But doesn’t Wright have the potential to be a very good TE. A 4th rd pick by itself should draw pretty good trade interest for a veteran 32yo guard. But, because of the gutting of the Oline, we were desperate. Hence the consideration of Joe’s hated buddy Incognito. Even though I am excited we have a big upgrade at G, I am not sure this is a good deal for us, but as I said, we are desperate.

  53. Harry Says:

    I have the same concerns. Wright had good potential. I cannot possibly understand how anyone could think differently after what he did last year.

  54. Matt B Says:

    I am shocked that there are clowns out there who don’t like tthis trade! I have been critical of L & L for plenty of the offseason moves – specifically the Mike Williams and Zuttah trades where we got robbed and the total misevaluation of the “talent” that they brought in to play on the O-line.

    We were deep at only two positions – RB and TE. (If u think we have talented 2’s on defense, you’re deluding yourself.) We traded a position of strength for a desparate need. I assume the Pats did the same thing. It’s a win-win. This is a no-brainer trade for us. Jeez, Wright was running with the 3rd team. We got a Pro Bowler

  55. Capt.Tim,Back from Davie Jones's locker Says:

    It was a great trade for us. We got The Pats in a moment of dire need.
    They needed both a Hback/TE, and a Wr . Brady needs weapons.
    And they were Money Tight.
    They gave up someone they didn’t want- but addressed all 3 issues.

    For us- we got be of the top 3 guards in the League.
    Let that set in! Yeeesss!
    Wright is to little to block effectively. Lovie wants TEs that can block. The Pats let Gronk block- wright can float.
    Scheme wise- wright is a great fit there, an Ok fit here. I wish him luck.
    A 4th round pick, and a 4th string TE, for a 6 time all Probowl??
    Win us!! And not bad for them

    A please stop with the “Belacheat is a genius.
    He hasn’t won a SuperBowl, damn near since we won one
    2004 season Pats, 2002 season Bucs
    He keeps his team in contention- but he is not the friggin Yoda of The NFL.
    Otherwise, he ‘d have more rings. He’s had Brady- and hasn’t won a SuperBowl in 10 years

  56. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Harry – dude was on his way out. They’re not going to Draft asj, sign Myers in the off season as part of their initial big roster turnover and keep Wright. Stocker will be their blocker if he can stay on the field and the other two do everything that Wright did.

  57. Patrick in VA Says:

    @matt b – it’s because people don’t understand negotiations and they’ve been convinced that every trade has to have a winner and a loser. Or track record doesn’t match up to the pats when trades are concerned and they just assume that we lost. A win-win isn’t an option for them. If you’re not first, you’re last.

  58. flmike Says:

    He’s only $6 mil a season, just what we were paying our other OGs, the Pats are on the hook for $4 mil a season in dead money for the next two seasons as that was part of his prorated $20 million signing bonus money…please learn and understand how NFL contracts work when it comes to money and guarantees and bonuses before you start whining about the Bucs being on the hook for $10 mil a season for a guard. Our cap hit is just the $6 mil a season,