Mankins' agent says situation is a 'travesty'

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Mankins' agent says situation is a 'travesty'

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Frank Bauer, the agent for All Pro guard Logan Mankins, isn't happy. Still. The protracted contract squabble between Mankins and the Patriots continues to slog along. Thursday night, on a sidewalk in Indianapolis, Bauer talked about Mankins' situation and gave a timeline on how it came to this. "One of the best players on your football team (a player) that the coaching staff respects, it's a travesty what they've done with this player," said Bauer. "(A new contract) should have been done a long time ago. It could have been done a long time ago. But it got stopped. And right now, we're not talking."Mankins, franchised by the team recently, stands to make more than 10 million in 2011 if he signs the tender. But he'll still be without the long-term security acontract with guaranteed money and a signing bonus would afford. When asked if Mankins would sign the tag and play for the Patriots in 2011, Bauer said, "We don't know yet. We're still weighing our options with that."It's apparent that - despite Bill Belichick's consistent praise for Mankins as a player - the business side of the Patriots is clashing with the football side in a more combustible way than it ever has. Bauer said he hasn't spoken to owner Robert Kraft "in a while." "I've spoken with him (in 2011) but it still cannot be worked out. We disagree," said Bauer. Bauer seemed to want to set the record straight on how Mankins came to be so angry with the lack of a new deal. He provided a verbal timeline of Mankins' contract negotiations. "A young man came to them as a first round draft choice and played four solid years and made two Pro Bowls and one alternate," he explained. "After the 2008 season was over, I approached Bill (Belichick) about a long term deal which most of that small group of Pro Bowlers always gets (rewritten). So what happens is that, we were told that because of the uncertainty of the CBA that (they) weren't going to do anything with any players. Then they started rewriting players in the (2009 training camp). They were the lesser players and (Tom) Brady and Logan were the big contracts and they would take some time to get through. Logan was a little upset that other players were getting rewritten when everyone was told they weren't going to get rewritten. And then Bill sat with Logan and talked about it and we said, 'OK, we'll play the 2009 season and play it out at 1.4 million. When we get to the uncapped yuear, there's no rules, no regulations...being an uncapped year we can do what we want. Negotiationsstarted and they started low. And it's been pretty bad ever since."Bauer was asked about the notion that the five-year deal Mankins was offered last offseason would put him in the top five of all offensive guards. "Here's your problem with numbers, you can take numbers and twist them any way you want," Bauer said. "You can kink the numbers any way you want and say, 'This is one of the highest signing bonuses' or 'One of the highest averages', it's all components of it. It's not just one component."They keep using the system against him," Bauer added. "And we're at a tough point in time because they said they would never tag him, times have changed, now they tag him. In negotiations last yearthey said, 'We're never tagging a guard. A guard's not worth it.' Now he's worth it?"Asked what Mankins' mindset toward the team is now, Bauer said, "Logan Mankins is fine. Mindset's fine. Strong player. Knows what he wants. All he wants is what the rest of the guys get in this league. He's a big time player."Bauer said the Patriots won't consent to an agreement that would allow them to franchise Mankins this year and allowing him to go free in 2012. "They won't even consider it. They felt they got burned on Asante Samuel (who was franchised in '07 but allowed to walk when he hit playing time conditions in his deal). Do it once, get burned and then you don't do it again. That's human nature."Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots represented at Stanford, Utah, Missouri pro days

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Patriots represented at Stanford, Utah, Missouri pro days

The Patriots had a busy day of gathering intel on Thursday. A very busy day. 

While Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia represented the Patriots at Ohio State and Notre Dame, respectively, the team had other representatives at high-profile pro days around the country including Stanford, Missouri and Utah. 

Here are a few of the players the Patriots were able to get a better look at . . . 

Stanford: The Patriots have shown plenty of interest in players coming from David Shaw's program in the past (Cameron Fleming, Jordan Richards), and they'll undoubtedly appreciate the talents brought to the table by two of the school's projected first-rounders in Solomon Thomas and Christian McCaffrey. Thomas is a powerful 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive lineman who can play just about anywhere up front. McCaffrey, meanwhile, is one of the most athletic running backs in this year's class. He worked out as a receiver on Thursday and could fill a multitude of roles as a pro, whether it's as a back, a slot receiver or a kick-returner. The Patriots would need to trade back into the first round to have a prayer at landing either player. 

Utah: The Utes have a handful of draftable offensive linemen and one who is expected to come off the board in the first round. Garrett Bolles, who lit up the combine, might be the top tackle available -- and there are those who believe he's just starting to tap into his potential. Isaac Asiata is a monster guard (6-3, 323, 34-inch arms) who put up more bench-press reps than any other offensive lineman at this year's combine, and center JJ Dielman is an intriguing later-round option. One of the quickest risers in the pre-draft process? Marcus Williams, who is an eye-popping athlete. He was top-five for those at his position at the combine in the vertical, broad jump and three-cone drill, and he looks like a ready-made NFL free safety. The Patriots are pretty well stocked at that spot, but if they're picking at the bottom of the first round and going with the best player available, they may very well think that's Williams. 

Missouri: Defensive players were in focus for scouts and coaches at the Tigers pro day, and Charles Harris was the headliner. One of the most impressive players within a very deep class of edge defenders, the 6-3, 253-pounder appears to have the quickness and burst to give NFL tackles fits. One of Harris' teammates up front, Josh Augusta, ran a pretty ridiculous 40-yard dash Thursday, clocking in just a shade under five seconds. Ridiculous, why? Because he's a defensive tackle who wighed 390 pounds during the season. That's moving. Augusta dropped down to 347 after being diagnosed with a thyroid issue in January and is looking to get to 335. Corner Aarion Penton can competes well for the football, but his size (5-9, 177) may scare teams off until late in the draft. 

Curran: Patriots, Darrelle Revis have not discussed deal

Curran: Patriots, Darrelle Revis have not discussed deal

The Patriots and Darrelle Revis have not discussed a deal that would bring the cornerback back to New England, according to CSNNE's Tom Curran.

This comes after CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported multiple anonymous NFL executives were convinced Revis would return to the Patriots.

Revis spent one season with the Patriots in 2014 when New England won Super Bowl XLIX. However, the Patriots did not pick up Revis' second-year option in the following offseason, and he elected to sign with the New York Jets in free agency. He played 14 games in 2015 and 15 games in 2016. He finished last season with 53 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception

The 31-year-old cornerback declined significantly during the 2016 season. Even Tom Brady said he noticed Revis was struggling phyiscally in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets.

"I know he's not feeling great," Brady said in November. "I could see after the game, he winced a few times getting up. It looked like his leg was bothering him a little bit. But he's still very close on a lot of those plays. Even though you're hitting them, he's still very competitive.

"He's been one of the great players in the league for a long time. He's given up more plays this year than in the past, but you've gotta have a lot of respect for his style and his game."