Mankins’ Decision Still Unknown

February 24th, 2016
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Bucs GM Jason Licht meets the press this morning in Indianapolis.

Will Bucs left guard Logan Mankins hang up his cleats or will he return to the Bucs for one more season?

It’s a question on just about every Bucs fan’s mind. But Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht isn’t losing sleep over it.

Today in his press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine, Licht was asked about Mankins’ plans. Licht admitted, not only does he not know, the Bucs and Mankins’ camp are not talking. Yet.

“We will be talking to Logan in the next, oh, few weeks,” Licht said. “His decision will not have hindrance on what we are doing for the future, on what we are building. We are looking three years ahead; His decision is not going to hurt us in any way, right now, on what we are planning on doing.”

So how does Joe interpret this? Easy: Your starting left guard will be Kevin Pamphile. It may be this year or it may be 2017. Either way, the Bucs already are prepared for when Mankins calls it a career.

18 Responses to “Mankins’ Decision Still Unknown”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    LM70 Turns 34 in a little over 2 weeks!! I wonder if Licht was given an answer and not ready to accept it yet!!!!

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    Not a question on my mind…..have this filed under the “could care less” category

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    LMAO Tom.

    The prophet says : Mankins will be back for one more season.

  4. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Mankins will be back..I get the feeling he “knows” this is going to be a good season…

    I know I do!

  5. Mike Johnson Says:

    Mankins is grappling with his decision to return. I think his mind wants to. But his body is telling him an entirely different thing. The guy has given and taken with the best of them. And I will not blame him for hanging it up. Why risk further agony to one’s body when you’ve had your fun in the sun? Do what’s best for you Logan. There is no such thing as loyalty in pro sports anymore. Just as it in the private sectors of employment. Enjoy your family..while you can!

  6. William Walls Says:

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if this were the biggest question the Bucs were facing this off-season?

  7. biff barker Says:

    A question I’d like to be asking is will the Bucs take a whiff of Alex Mack?

  8. LJ'sDaddy Says:

    I have a Seattle friend who swears he will be a Seahawk. ..has any one else heard this??? I guess they are writing about it on Seahawks sites. I hope not! I think his body has one more year. And his leadership is invaluable. Someone please tell me if you’ve heard this Seahawks rumor.

  9. Bamabuc Says:

    Would be nice to trade him to Seahawks for I don’t know say Michael Bennett!

  10. Piratic Says:

    Tom Edrington Says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 12:14 pm
    Not a question on my mind…..have this filed under the “could care less” category

    So Tom, tell us, how MUCH could you care less?

    Or, did you mean that you COULDN’T care less?

    Because if you COULD care less, it means that you cared a certain amount to begin with. Do tell.

  11. Bucnasty62 Says:

    Bet my wallet that we send him back to retire with the Pats. Nice guy and can afford to give up the 7 million due this year. Hate the pats but lets let number 70 ride off into the sunset.

  12. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @Mike Johnson

    Hey at last we’re in agreement. I think Mankins should call it a career as well.

    While they are doing miracles with surgery who wants to have artificial knees before they’re my age.

    And we do not know if he’s had any concussions. One report I read about CTE made a specific point that research is now showing it’s not just the big time concussions but often just the repeated battering of the brain.

  13. pick6 Says:

    Seahawks seems unlikely. they can’t afford him at his contracted salary, and that would move him further away from the family that is supposedly his main motivation to retire. yes they are closer to a ring, but the NFC has several legitimate contenders, not even the division is a lock. why pack up everything to play one season for a brand new team on the other side of the country at a reduced salary?

  14. The Real Malloy Says:

    He’s under contract…..this Seahawks rumor is nothing more than that. Everyone in the NFL knows he is playing maybe one more season…No one would trade for 1 season of his services, and the bucs will gladly pay him and VJ their full contracts.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “So how does Joe interpret this? Easy: Your starting left guard will be Kevin Pamphile.” – Joe

    I kind of think it could mean they already plan to draft a replacement anyway.

  16. Joe Says:

    Would be nice to trade him to Seahawks for I don’t know say Michael Bennett!

    Don’t think John Schneider is that intoxicated.

  17. godzilla13 Says:

    There is a saying about football players and retirement. If a player even mentions the word “retire” it usually means they are retiring. We are still in a re-building year so the only reason to not start Kevin Pamphile and give him the opportunity to grow would be for him to help continue to mentor the young OL. Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet got their Mankins mentorship last year and should be good to go. In other words, Logan, get your clubs out. Take that $7,000,000 and –

    A) Buy a Center. Anyone heard of Alex Mack?
    B) Buy a better Tackle. Cody Glenn Bills. Opens the door to move Donovan Smith to either Guard or RT.
    C) Use the $7,000,000 to outbid other teams for either Mario Williams or Jason Pierre-Paul or..can I say it Greg Har couph, couph, dey?
    E) Get it over with and give the damg money to Douggie. Done deal.

  18. Tom Edrington Says:

    @ Piratic:

    Since I didn’t care at all, to “care less” than that shows I have plenty more interesting things to ponder. I’m thinking about that first round pick.