Lovie Will “Get Involved” In Convincing Mankins

January 4th, 2016

Mankins training campTwice during the past couple two weeks, Logan Mankins mentioned that he is considering retirement.

Today, at Lovie Smith’s end-of-the-season eulogy news conference, Joe asked Lovie whether he would be someone who would get involved in selling Mankins on returning for another season.

Lovie said he considers himself a recruiter-in-chief.

“Part of my job is to recruit also, players that I think can help us win football games,” Lovie said. “You normally you don’t retire on a year, the type of year Logan had. You normally retire when you can’t play football anymore. That’s the not the case with Logan. I thought he had an outstanding season. Do I get involved in recruiting guys like that? Yes I do.”

Joe doubts Lovie will have much of an influence on Mankins, who already must know how highly he is regarded by the head coach and general manager. Joe suspects Mankins’ decision will come down to money (the $7 million he’s due in 2016), an outside shot at the Hall of Fame with another strong season, and how much he misses his family. Mankins’ wife and children live full-time in the New England area. They did not move with him when he was traded in August 2014.

25 Responses to “Lovie Will “Get Involved” In Convincing Mankins”

  1. Supersam Says:

    Winning games is the only way to “recruit” and this team couldn’t beat an XFL team.

  2. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Mankins played great for the bucs….trade him back up to NE and get some picks let the guy finish up back where he started and be with his family instead of the lovie boat

  3. Pick6 Says:

    $7 million to be away from the wife & kids for one final semester of school….unless he REALLY can’t stand to be away i’m pretty sure as a family they’ll buck up and make it work.

  4. CC Says:

    Lovie needs to be less involved with player personnel and get more involved with stopping a basic slant pass.

  5. The Buc Realist Says:

    Maybe he does not want to play another fruitless year with lovie as head coach!!!!

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    If need be, replace Mankins with a combination of Free Agency & Draft.

    Aaron Boone – (F)
    • Boone is versatile veteran that can play Both Guard (LG/RG) & Tackle (LT/RT) spots.

    Spencer Drango -(Draft)
    • Like Boone, Drango is another versatile young guy, that can play both guard & tackle positions.

    (Possible Rotation)
    • LT Donovan Smith | Kevin Pamphile
    • LG *Aaron Boone | *Spencer Drango
    • C Joe Hawley | Josh Allen
    • RG Ali Marpet | Antoine Everett
    • RT Demar Dotson | Gosder Cherilus

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Alex Boone/ not Aaron Boone

  8. 911bucs Says:

    All I can do is smh for each article that says Lovie this and Lovie that.

  9. theodore Says:

    You mean not Aaron F*ckin’ Boone.

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    If the only reason he wants to come back is money, I’d rather he simply retire. Last thing we need is to bring him back and not find a replacement, only for his heart to be totally out of it and he just shows up for the check. If he seriously wants back than fine, but last thing we need is another guy just here to collect checks.

  11. AceofAerospace Says:

    At least Mankins never has to worry about being away from his family during the playoffs if he stays with the Bucs.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What 34 year-old can’t use an extra $7,000,000….

    We have him under contract so he can’t play elsewhere….

    Personally, if I had to talk someone into staying when he was being paid $7,000,000…..I wouldn’t want him.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Listening to Bonzai, this makes no sense. Lovie’s not involved in bringing in the FA’s or recruiting them. All the good picks were Lovie’s doing, and the bad ones are Licht’s fault.

    This can’t be right Joe. Lovie said he recruits players? He MUST be lying!

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    How much money can you stack before you have enough? Obviously endless amounts. The high life ain’t cheap. Something is out of whack. You need piles of money when the value of a dollar has fallen to less than 3 cents since the inception of the non Federal Reserve in 1913.

  15. Howard Cosell Says:

    Mankins has had it w/ the bull-crap. If the Bucs were anywhere near a contender then I suspect that Mankins would be gung-ho for 2016

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Mankins doesn’t want to stay…..he’s exactly the kind of player we need to let go…….
    I’d take my chances with the $7 mil and the open market…..pick up a tested LT and move Smith to LG…..

  17. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Mankins has seen how an organized franchise operates and how a not so organized one is run. If the man has enough money to live comfortably why not retire and get away from the disaster of another year under coach Smith?

  18. Bucco Brice Says:

    Money means squat to this team…Continuity!!!…pay Mankins and V.Jackson for 2016…no chance of improving when quality players like them are let go…

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    decision will come down to money

    I honestly do get this in these kinds of situations. Mankins has had to have already earned north of 20 million in his career!!! He absolutely does NOT need any more money. So then it gets down to how wealthy does he want his children? Is there no end in sight or is making them each multimillionaires essential. They are already set for life…the ENTIRE family.

    There is a saying in war that after so many bombing runs you begin wasting your time…you are simply bombing rubble at some point.

    At some point you LITERALLY have more money than you need or could use.
    Mankins passed that point long ago!!!

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lovie said Mankins had an outstanding season. Wow, Lovie is quick to toss accolades to his losing team members. Call me up in dreamland. The only thing outstanding was the near motionless Lovie on the sidelines thinking gee I thought I’d be a contender.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBF…wrong, rich people buy lots of rich things. Expensive things. It’s the sole reason why Michael Jordan kept asking for money every year even though he had 10’s of millions behind it. People thought he was greedy and that’s not the case.

    Rich people like rich things. There’s never enough money. I know this because I grew up a rich kid. Yes Yachts and Rolls Royces. That’s a little tidbit that peeps don’t know about me.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Jordan kept asking for more* money. 30 million one year, then the next he wanted 35 million.

  23. MOBucs Says:

    Buc1987 is right for obvious reasons. Once your used to a specific lifestyle, it is damn hard to change it by choice. He seems like a responsible fella with his cash but going from $7 million per to $0 has got to be a tough decision to make. I’m betting he’s back.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Thanks Mo, I know I’m right. I lived it. My step-dad was so rich he would only keep his silk socks for one year. He threw them away every year at the same time. Nothing wrong them, but he used to tell us that they weren’t silky enough for him. He bought about 15 pairs every year.

    Cars? Holy crap he bought a new car pretty much every year. Trading in his old for new, even though it was only a year old. Never leased. We had 4 homes. One in Mass, one in Hew Hampshire, one in Florida, and one in Connecticut. Yet I remained a pretty grounded kid, due to my real father. Most of my friends were stuck up brats. I always tried to mix it up though by hanging out with delinquents whenever possible. Probably just to piss my mother off.

    Okay Joe I’m done telling my life story now..

  25. rhenry Says:

    Must have been nice 87. Growing up, my family was so poor, during the holidays my mom would cut a hole in my front pocket so I would have something to play with on Christmas morning.