New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and guard Logan Mankins spent the last nine years together in the same offensive huddle. Mankins was an anchor along the line, battling each and every play to protect his teammate and friend. The duo established an unbreakable bond over the years as they were the two elder statesmen of the offense. With that said, it’s only natural for Brady to be a bit taken back by the team’s decision to part ways with Mankins.
According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, Brady was “very upset” after learning Mankins had been dealt to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. They had built up an unwavering relationship. Brady trusted Mankins and relied upon him, just like all quarterbacks do with their offensive line, to make the biggest plays in the most key of situations.
Cole says Brady’s emotions were running high Tuesday, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen the Patriots make a move of such magnitude. In past years, the team cut ties with impact veterans Richard Seymour, Lawyer Milloy and Randy Moss. Brady’s shock will subside as he knows Mankins’ departure characterizes the harsh reality of the business that the NFL is.
The Patriots had also reportedly asked Mankins to take a pay cut. The six-time Pro Bowler was set to earn $6.3 million in 2014. Cole says the team initially asked Mankins to take the pay cut back in February. It’s obvious that he did not oblige. Instead they’ll look to replace him from within the ranks.