The New England Patriots have officially placed their franchise tag on six-year veteran guard Logan Mankins. The 3x Pro Bowler will expect to make over $10 million in 2011. After a number of contract disputes early on, Mankins eventually signed his tender the week of the Patriots November 7th contest against the Cleveland Browns and continued to start the remaining nine games of the 2010 regular season.
“Logan Mankins is a tremendous player. He has been a fixture on our offensive line since we drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft and he remains an important part of our future plans,” the team said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to reach a long-term agreement, despite many attempts and proposals by both sides. That remains our objective in utilizing the franchise designation and we are hopeful that Logan will be a Patriot for many years to come.”
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