Mike Reiss offers his opinion on Logan Mankins and the labor deal.
From this view, when considering Mankins' position, it can't hurt to make such demands because he finds himself in a position of leverage. Mankins hasn't had such leverage over the first six years of his NFL career. Still, I'd be surprised if he becomes an unrestricted free agent immediately. I'd also be surprised if Mankins uses his position as a plaintiff to possibly put the entire NFL labor agreement at risk. A more likely scenario from this view, as presented by ESPN senior analyst Chris Mortensen, is that the settlement would include a provision that the franchise tag couldn't be applied to him in 2012 and beyond.
Karen Guregian reports Leigh Bodden says he has no lingering effects from his rotator cuff surgery and plans to be a full participant at Camp.
"I’m ready for contact. No red jersey. I don’t plan on wearing that when I get there," Bodden said last week when asked about the state of his shoulder. "I’m definitely ready. I’ve been working out. I feel great. I’m just ready to play."
"You know what? A lot of guys were asking me to come [to the player workouts organized by Tom Brady]," said Bodden, who signed a lucrative four-year deal with the Pats prior to the start of last season. "But dealing with my shoulder, I just didn’t want to take any chances. If any slight thing happened to prolong me (from coming back), I couldn’t risk it. I just didn’t want to take that chance for any stupid thing happening. It just sets me back, ruins my progress. I feel like it’s fine. But I wouldn’t have any trainers to watch over me if something happens. So I just decided not to go."
"It would have been great to go out there and play with the guys. I talked to a few of them while they were doing it. They said they had a lot of fun," Bodden said. "When it comes to Tom . . . it’s just like dealing with (coach Bill) Belichick. He knows what to do. He knows how to run things. That’s what the guys said. It was organized, they put in great work, and (had) a lot of fun at the same time. I’m kind of sad I missed it. But for me, it was better safe than sorry"
"I can just see the story, of me getting hurt and maybe looking like a fool, setting myself back, and people saying, ‘Why were you out there in the first place?’ "
- Andy Hart looks at whether Jermaine Cunningham is ready to break out.
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- Patriots Roster Report - 7/15/11: The PFW crew discusses the latest news on a possible end to the lockout. (12.33 min. video)
- Mike Reiss talks about the elimination of 2-a-days and its effect on the Patriots.
- Greg A. Bedard tells us how Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson can derail the deal because of their demands.
- ESPNBoston Report: Two plaintiffs demand freedom.
- Shalise Manza Young reports Pro Football Focus grades Logan Mankins as the top guard of the last three years.
- Mike Reiss takes a closer look at the offensive tackle depth chart.
- Jeff Howe says how much Nate Solder contributes hinges on the unknown status of free agent Matt Light.
- Greg A. Bedard examines whether the Patriots pass rush will be any better this season.
- Jeff Howe notes Ty Warren will be among 11 defensive linemen battling for about seven spots.
- Tony Massarotti reminds us that the last time we saw the Patriots they were shell-shocked by the Jets and are now the most championship-starved franchise in New England.
- Tom E. Curran lists the Patriots' 10 best free agent signings under Belichick.
- Greg A. Bedard reports lawyers from the NFL and NFLPA met with Judge Arthur Boylan in New York to work through the remaining CBA details.
- Tom E. Curran says coaches will need to exercise patience with players coming back from a long layoff.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) AFC East's best: No. 4 Vince Wilfork.
- Art of Strength posts pics of Brandon Meriwweather's workouts.
- Khaled Elsayed (Pro Football Focus) Making the grade: Guards, 2008-2010. Mankins No. 1.
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- Pats top team in the AFC (1.11 min. video) (ESPN)
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Power rankings: Top NFL decision makers. Bill Belichick number 3.
- Mike Pereira (Fox Sports) New replay rules could lengthen games.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) New rules seminar tentatively slated for Friday.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Rosenhaus predicts most active two weeks in NFL history.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL post-settlement predictions: One big-name holdout.
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- Albert Breer (NFL.com) NFL, players open critical week of labor talks in multiple cities.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) Owners, players close to presenting deal to end NFL lockout.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Monday meetings end without a deal.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) No CBA yet: More work to be done.
- Michael Silver (Yahoo! Sports) Seven key issues linger for NFL's new CBA.
- NFL Total Access (NFL.com) Remaining hurdles in labor negotiations. (3.26 min. video)
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) The real story behind $320 million in lost 2010 benefits.
- Sam Farmer (LA Times) NFL owners could approve labor deal as early as Thursday.
- AP Report: NFL, players anticipating tentative agreement.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Sources: Jackson, Mankins push for compensation.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins make their power play.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Kessler's last stand?
- Jason La Canfora (NFL.com) Complex issues remain as league, players zero in on labor deal.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Biggest remaining issue: Players pursuit of lost benefit money.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Goodell will do "whatever is necessary" to get a deal done.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Executive committee meeting in Washington.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Latest labor news: Boylan arrives, players file for judgment.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Players: be careful.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) New deal adds $1 billion in benefits for retired players.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) Credit where it's due: 8th Circuit opened door to CBA progress.
- Clifton Brown (Sporting News) Rush to resolution: Sides prepping for endgame.
- Report (CBS Sports) NFL to hold labor seminar for execs after agreement on CBA.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: League has yet to give teams permission to contact players.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Exclusive window could open July 25, free agency July 28.