Mankins' arrival lauded in Tampa

Mankins' arrival lauded in Tampa
August 27, 2014, 10:45 am
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The folks in Tampa may be expecting the saloon doors to swing open and Logan Mankins – silhouetted from behind – to block out the doorframe.
 
That’s the way the former Patriot is being built up.
 
"He has a history of a certain type of play in the league," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "Most people say Logan Mankins — tough football player, real man, everybody loves him, great guy in your locker room. … Exactly what we need on our football team and of course in the offensive line room."
 
The thing about Mankins, though, is the complete juxtaposition of his on-field and locker-room/real life personality. He is the anti-Incognito. Soft spoken but not shy. Accommodating and all-business. And when he gets on the field he will play, as it’s been said, to the echo of the whistle.
 
They’re gonna love him down there. Even if there is some trepidation about how the deal went down.
 
Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune writes:

The only thing that worries me is that the Bucs made a deal with: Belichick.
If Mankins is retired a year from now and Tim Wright has 100 catches, we'll let you know.
It's just that Bill Belichick always seems to get the best of the Bucs. Hey, Belichick pulled a lot more out of LeGarrette Blount and a lot more out of Aqib Talib, and what did the Bucs get? A Belichick recommendation to the Glazers that they hire ... Greg Schiano. Thanks, Mr. Bill!
Maybe Belichick is dumping Mankins' salary (he's reportedly the highest paid guard in the NFL) to stay ahead, like always (see Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour).
No one knows how long Logan Mankins, 32, will be a Buc.
 
It’s been noted that dealing Mankins and his $6.25 million salary (and $6.75M the next two years) is cap-related for the Patriots. Certainly it is. And it is just as much for the Bucs.

The Bucs need to get themselves to that 89-percent cap floor and Mankins helps them do it. The 89-percent floor isn’t for a single season but over the span of the 2013 to 2016 seasons.
 
So the move in Tampa goes beyond adding one of the NFL’s most admired players. But who Mankins is – not how much he costs – is still the prime motivator.
 
"This is just a guy that we felt you couldn't pass on," Smith said. "Not only do we talk about the Pro Bowls he's gone to, but (a) team captain. Once you get a chance to know Logan, you'll see what we're talking about."