The Patriots traded Guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Logan has been the team’s starting LG for 130 games in the last nine years.
In a stunning trade, the New England Patriots have sent Pro Bowl LG Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for TE Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick, according to FOX News Insider Jay Glazer.
The Buccaneers have been actively shopping for a starting Guard since Carl Nicks unexpectedly retired before the start of the preseason. The Bucs were the main team to inquire about 49ers holdout Guard Alex Boone and only yesterday brought in free agent G Richie Incognito for a tryout, but did not sign him.
Mankins is a 6-time Pro Bowler who made his 5th consecutive selection this past year. He is also a 4-time All-Pro selection. He was the starting Left Guard for the Patriots’ most recent Superbowl appearances in 2007 and 2011. Mankins has started 130 games since being drafted No. 32 overall in 2005. In his first 5 years with the team he never missed a game.
The Patriots went 12-4 in 2013 and made their 3rd straight AFC Championship game appearance, but lost to the Denver Broncos.