Mankins says he won't be happy if franchised

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Mankins says he won't be happy if franchised

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
Logan Mankins sounded pessimistic on Friday when talking to The Boston Heraldabout the likelihood of staying with the Patriots when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. "The way its looking right now, I dont see it happening," Mankins told the Herald's Karen Guregian at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. "I dont see them trying to keep me, unless its with the franchise tag."Earlier in the week, Mankins threw out a blanket statement insinuating the Patirots had as good a chance as any team of retaining his services. Friday's comment is probably a more realistic appraisal of how he sees things going down. The problem with Mankins' logic is that the Patriots certainly will try to keep him. And the franchise tag is a very, very real possibility for Mankins. At this point, the league believes it's entitled to use the franchise tag on players who would be unrestricted free agents because it can be applied 22 days before the start of the new league year. The new league year would begin on March 4 if there were a CBA agreement. But with no CBA, can a team actually franchise a player to retain his services for a season which - technically - doesn't exist? Expect the Patriots to be one of the teams to act as if it can. And expect legal mumbo jumbo on that front to follow. If the Patriots apply the tag to Mankins, it will prevent him from realizing unrestricted free agency for the second straight year after being locked up as a restricted free agent last year. That would keep Mankins fromgetting the security of a long-term contract and the financial benefit of a pile of guaranteed money. So it's no surprise Mankins said to Guregian, "I wouldnt be happy about that, if thats what they chose to do, to be dealt that kind of hand. But well see what happens."
Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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