According to those close to Logan Mankins, the Patriots Pro Bowl guard is fully prepared to sit out the 2010 season.
Those close to Mankins told Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald that his lifestyle and financial stability — he’s earned more than $7 million in five NFL seasons — have made it easier not to sign his $3.3 million restricted free agent tender with the Patriots.
Mankins and his agent have maintained the Patriots didn’t live up to their promises regarding a new contract. The latest is just another sign Mankins won’t — and perhaps doesn’t need to — back off his stance.
Finding a replacement for Mankins has proved difficult. The first option was Nick Kaczur, the former starter at right tackle who was moved to left guard to fill the void. Now, Kaczur’s season is in jeopardy after he underwent back surgery. The Patriots then turned to career backup Dan Connolly, who has drawn positive reviews while starting both preseason games.
The Patriots also traded for Quinn Ojinnaka, who has starting experience at both guard and tackle. The scouting report I get on Ojinnaka, though, is that he’s more suited as a replacement for the role originally planned for Kaczur as a swing guard and tackle and isn’t a solid option to start.