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

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

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Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.