The New England Patriots traded offensive lineman Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, according to numerous reports across the Twittersphere. In exchange for Mankins the Patriots will be receiving tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 4th-round draft pick. It’s really an unexpected move that leaves many scratching their heads.
Mankins, a 6-time Pro Bowl selection, had been a fixture along the Patriots offensive line since 2005. He was certainly the team’s most talented guard over the past nine years, excelling in the run game. Mankins even possessed the ability to slide over and play tackle. He’ll provide an immediate improvement to the Buccaneers line.
Wright is known for his ability to catch the football. Aside from Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots have mainly run-blocking tight ends. Wright will provide another aerial option at the position for Tom Brady. He stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 220 pounds. His style of play is similar to that of Aaron Hernandez.
The Patriots haven’t been able to successfully build depth at the tight end position this offseason. They’ve made a total of 10 transactions at the position so far this summer. Wright will provide them with some added trustworthy stability at the position.
Bill Belichick has several options to replace Mankins with at his disposal. Veterans Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon figure to be the front runners. They also have rookie Bryan Stork out of Florida State who is very talented. With the move, Ryan Wendell projects to be a lock at the starting center position.
Fox Sports originally reported the trade.