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New England Patriots Links 2/25/11 - Patriots And Prospects Tight-Lipped At Combine; Mankins Agent Speaks Out

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Tom E. Curran reports Frank Bauer, the agent for All Pro guard Logan Mankins, isn't happy and calls the situation with his client a "travesty."

"One of the best players on your football team (a player) that the coaching staff respects, it's a travesty what they've done with this player," said Bauer. "(A new contract) should have been done a long time ago. It could have been done a long time ago. But it got stopped. And right now, we're not talking."

Bauer seemed to want to set the record straight on how Mankins came to be so angry with the lack of a new deal. He provided a verbal timeline of Mankins' contract negotiations.

"A young man came to them as a first round draft choice and played four solid years and made two Pro Bowls and one alternate," he explained. "After the 2008 season was over, I approached Bill (Belichick) about a long term deal which most of that small group of Pro Bowlers always gets (rewritten).So what happens is that, we were told that because of the uncertainty of the CBA that (they) weren't going to do anything with any players. Then they started rewriting players in the (2009 training camp). They were the lesser players and (Tom) Brady and Logan were the big contracts and they would take some time to get through. Logan was a little upset that other players were getting rewritten when everyone was told they weren't going to get rewritten.

And then Bill sat with Logan and talked about it and we said, 'OK, we'll play the 2009 season and play it out at $1.4 million. When we get to the uncapped yuear, there's no rules, no regulations...being an uncapped year we can do what we want. Negotiations started and they started low. And it's been pretty bad ever since."

Bauer went on to say that he’s not worried about Mankins mindset at this point in a now ugly negotiation.

“Logan Mankins is fine. Mindset’s fine. Strong player. Knows what he wants. All he wants is what the rest of the guys get in this league. He’s a big time player,”

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