Kraft: Mankins could soon be 'Patriot for life'


Kraft: Mankins could soon be 'Patriot for life'

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Speaking with a group of reporters at Foxboro Stadium on Wednesday, Robert Kraft indicated that a long-term deal for Logan Mankins could come soon, making the offensive lineman a "Patriot for life."While praising the team's pre and post-lockout strategy of signing core players and then feasting on "seasoned veterans" during this period, Kraft said, "Probably you'll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon hopefully to be a Patriot for life."Mankins signed his franchise tender and actually arrived to camp on time this year, which was a change from last season when he waited until November to report and played in the Pats' final nine games of the season.

As a franchised offensive lineman, Mankins will make 10.1 million this year, fully guaranteed.

If the Patriots do, in fact, come to a long-term deal with Mankins soon, they could lessen his salary-cap hit. They'll need to work quickly though -- and judging by Kraft's comments, they are -- because if a new deal is not signed by Sept. 20, the Pats and Mankins cannot resume talks of a new deal until after the season.Will it get done? "If I have a vote it will get done but the other side's got to want it to," Kraft said, perhaps signaling a minor retreat from the optimism his first statement caused. "It's our desire and it's always been our desire (to sign him)," he added. "But, like I tried to explain to you, you can't sign everyone you want so you need to plan. I think we did our planning knowing the kind of environment we were coming into and we tried to position ourselves so we had our core veterans and we could continue to sign the people we want to sign. We very much think Logan is among the best at his position and we want him here."Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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