Logan Mankins Retires

March 7th, 2016
The torch is passed

Torch is passed

The barbecue is over for Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins.

His NFL playing days are finished, per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. Mankins won’t be cashing the $7 million check that awaited him, if he played this season for the Buccaneers.

Mankins, who turns 34 on Thursday, first talked to Joe in December about his retirement thoughts. Fittingly, Joe was the last to interview Mankins as a working Buccaneer. The video from this year’s Pro Bowl is below.

Mankins’ Bucs legacy will be the grooming he provided to 2015 rookies Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, and 2014 fifth-round pick Kevin Pamphile. What a great benefit it was to have Mankins around to give those guys a great example of work habits.

It looks like Pamphile will be first in line for the starting left guard gig, where he flourished in one start last year. Evan Smith seems primed to serve as the backup at both guard positions and at center.

27 Responses to “Logan Mankins Retires”

  1. canadian bucsfan Says:

    Wouldn’t hurt t Bring in Boone for an interview

  2. Jeagan1999 Says:

    This is definitely a position that will need to be addressed via Free Agency now. Don’t think we want another rookie on that line protecting our franchise QB! Gonna have to shell out for a decent starter and pay accordingly.

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    The Bucs are likely to bring in and sign G Nate Chandler from the Panthers to compete for Mankins spot.

  4. Pa Privateer Says:

    Thank you for your time here Mr Mankins. You were a class act in my opinion. Best wishes on your retirement……oh and thank you for the extra 7 mil in cap space. Time for our GM to get to work

  5. buccfan305 Says:

    I know it’s off topic, but poor Josh Freeman just got cut….again. Really hope that kid gets another shot at some point.

  6. biff barker Says:

    All the scuttlebutt about this being a heavy defensive draft will go out the window, quickly, if the right OL is on the board.

    Don’t be surprised if it’s earlier than later either.

  7. Dave Says:

    Damn it.
    Was hoping for 1 more year. Physically, they should be good with Pamphile and probably another FA lineman and a rookie in the later rounds. It is just going to hurt as far as protections called at the line.

  8. Howard Cosell Says:

    Logan Mankins: A class-act and a great human being not mention a future HoF candidate. Thanks for helping the Bucs!

    Best Regards,

  9. biff barker Says:

    Freeman’s already had enough shots to get a Mongol drunk.

    I’m really hoping someone signs him just so they can cut his dumb ass a few days later.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    70 million & rising

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Excuse me $60 million

  12. I know why Says:

    Thank you Mankins. Sorry we traded a draft pick for you, cost you a SB ring and only won 8 games with you during that time. You deserved better. Honestly, another wasted move because I’m sure we could have gotten Winston without him and had another pick.

  13. godzilla13 Says:

    Logan Mankins retirement was inevitable and I am happy for Logan and also glad Kevin Pamphile, who will have an opportunity to finally start. Mankins retirement and by releasing Bruce Carter will add an additional $11,750,000 to our cap number putting us in the $60,000,000 range, under the cap. No more excuses not to re-sign Doug Martin or sign DE Mario Williams, DE Charles Johnson, CB Sean Smith and SS Walter Thurmond. Its time to act Jason.

  14. 911bucs Says:

    Leaving $7 million on the table for one more year would be a tough pill to swallow. Thank you for the 2 years in Tampa

  15. CrustyCrab Says:

    Ravens are expecting to part ways with their 2012 second-round pick, who has started 51 regular-season games in four years, including 16 as a rookie and all four postseason games that year. Osmele will be a Buc

  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    C’mon ya’ll show some respect.

    I’ve got madd respect for the ground work Mr Mankins put down – last off season. It laid the foundation for rather successful season – on the offensive line.

    No on ONE but on TWO bad knees#ProBowl

    Now If we can get G/T Alex Boone to sign

  17. Pawel Says:

    Boone doesn’t want to go from loser Browns team to loser Bucs team lol

  18. Pick6 Says:

    really surprised by this given the money, but from the sound of it he put all of himself into showing up in the shape he did last offseason. i guess he figured if he couldn’t prepare to that standard he was not comfortable taking the Bucs’ money. I respect that, just as I respect what he did for a young team last year. Evan Smith’s salary just got more secure, he is pretty critical interior depth now.

  19. Rob Says:

    Finally the Bucs will have a little cap room.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Richie Incognito.

    He’s got years left in the tank.

  21. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Logan..You are the featured player on my Bucs calendar for the month of March…I was looking at it last week and really hoped you would maybe do one year..that’s the selfish part of me speaking..

    But the sensible side…well, enjoy your retirement! THANK YOU for such amazing playing for our team.

    Class act all the way, a light in times of a dark locker room..A great mentor and role model..

  22. Mike Johnson Says:

    Lets all wish Mr. Mankins well in his retirement. He earned it!! Gave many good yrs to the Pats. We don’t know, maybe he might have returned if Martin was a certainty. He always said he enjoyed blocking for Martin. Nonetheless, the NFL takes it toll on the ole body. Can’t blame Mankins. Frees up cap space. Bucs should call martin in right now and negotiate hard. Sign the Man! I can hear the national sports media if Martin gets away and has a 1500 yrd yr elsewhere. And they would be…spot on!

  23. DoNUTS Says:

    Logan was a great player and person. I am glad we got him when we did as the OL needed leaders.

    My favorite part of all this is PATS fan on the internet trying to let the rest of the NFL fans know that the Bucs got ripped off but reality is the BUCS got them bad on this deal.

    Tim Wright (FA) was cut after 1 season; the fourth round pick that we gave up was used for Trey Flowers (DE) and he has played in 1 game so far and has yet to record a tackle or sack.


  24. Jeagan1999 Says:

    It may not be a bad idea to talk to Incognito’s agent…while I would prefer someone a bit younger, he is coming off a pro-bowl year, and the reports out of Buffalo are that he and the Bills are far apart on a new contract. He would certainly shore up that gaping hole at Guard!

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    Best wishes Logan!

  26. Pickgrin Says:

    Thank You for your efforts here in Tampa Bay Mr Mankins. Good Luck in all your future endeavors.

  27. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Im glad he was hear to right the ship for the o line. We needed his guidence and leadership. With that said, it wasnt worth it to keep him. Im glad he decided to retire. Now we can use that money to pay martin.

    Between pamphile and Evan Smith, we are doing just fine at G. No need to go and spend a high pick or bring in an expensive FA.

    I am honestly very comfortable with pamphile at LG. We could probably find a better LG in the draft or FA. But we have bigger better needs. If some monster guard drops to is in the 4th round. Then sure, tale a draft steal wherever you can. But i would not call Guard a need for the bucs.