Mankins on contract restructure: 'Eventually it's going to happen'

Mankins on contract restructure: 'Eventually it's going to happen'
April 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- It happened to Vince Wilfork this offseason. It happens to most.

When an aging player with a big contract gets toward the end of his deal, almost inevitably he will at some point sit down with his employer and restructure to give said employer some financial relief.

Logan Mankins is 32 years old and he knows that some day his time will come. He carries a $10.5 million cap hit in 2014 that inches up to $11 million in 2015. In 2011 he signed a six-year, $51 million deal that could take him through the 2016 season, when his cap hit falls back down to $7 million.

Mankins has been the anchor of the offensive line in New England for the better part of the last eight seasons. He's been long regarded as one of the best guards in the NFL and one of the league's toughest players at any position.

But if the Patriots are looking to clear cap space in the next two seasons, they could be coming to Mankins for a talk.

Until it happens, Mankins told reporters on Thursday morning that he's not thinking much about having that discussion.

"Not at this time," he said. "I got a few more years on mine. It's part of the game. It's part of the business and eventually it's going to happen. It happens to everyone pretty much unless you're a quarterback I think. It's just one of those things.

"If you don't think it's going to happen to you, you're lying to yourself. Eventually it happens. For me, I'm happy with my contract so no squabbles."

Mankins said he never reached out to Wilfork when Wilfork was going through his restructuring process this offseason, but he understood from afar what was going on.

Every player does, Mankins explained. Or they should. 

"Vince, he's a grown man. He's been through it before," Mankins said. "It's a business, and if you don't think it's a business, you're lying to yourself about that. The team, they want good players, but they want to make money too. That's their job. They're just not here to hand out money to everyone. Players want to make what they think they're able to make so it always comes down to a little bit of a compromise on both ends."

When Mankins is next going to have to come to a compromise with the Patriots is unknown. But he knows it's coming.