NFL players and coaches are currently reporting to their respective training camps across the country after the league officially announced the end of its 132-day long lockout. Most New England Patriots players arrived Tuesday morning and seemed anxious to catch up with each other and get back to work. The New York Jets put a stop to New England’s 2010-11 run in the AFC Divisional round back in January, defeating the top ranked team 28-21 at Gillette Stadium. Six months later, the Patriots will finally experience their first step towards rebuilding for another chance at a Super Bowl title.
“I almost put my helmet on when I walked out of my house the other day. We’re just ready to go,” said two-year veteran safety Patrick Chung. “Guys are ready. Most guys are here getting their things done. It’s time to go to work. Happy to be back and working now. I miss the fans. Just glad to be back.”
Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins has agreed to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp on time. The one-year franchise tender will pay Mankins a guaranteed salary of about $10.1 million. “Early this morning, Logan spoke with Bill (Belichick) and both are very happy, happy to get started,” stated agent Frank Bauer. “Logan is looking forward to being with his teammates and coaches, with a fresh start.” New England Patriots tickets are now available!