New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins heading to Seattle?
The Seahawks main off-season priority player personnel wise was to upgrade the offensive line in the every way possible. So far Pete Carroll has brought in T Russell Okung (D-1) and G Ben Hamilton as the main offensive lineman this off-season to go along with the old line of Sean Locklear, Chris Spencer and Max Unger.
However Pete Carroll has not been shy about bringing in as many players as he can (currently 88 players on the active roster) so would it make sense for the Seahawks to acquire the Patriots Pro-Bowl guard?
The Seattle Seahawks have been the NFL’s most talked about team throughout the 2010 off-season. Pete Carroll kicked off the show and brought along with him the long rumored possibility of Brandon Marshall heading to Seattle. The “culmination” of John Schneider and Pete Carroll lost out on Marshall to the Miami Dolphins but came back with the best overall 2010 draft.
The Seahawks came away with Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate (plus Charlie Whitehurst), Walter Thurmond, E.J Wilson, Kam Chancellor, Anthony McCoy and Dexter Davis. The headline’s being the first three picks, who all have a 70/30 shot of being starters for the first “class” in Pete Carroll’s third NFL gig.
Now the Seahawks have been in the NFL’s headlines recently for the off-field problems of linebacker Leroy Hill who had been charged with domestic violence back in late April. Hill meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week and doesn’t think he will be suspended but it is still a possibility.
With all that happening in farthest corner of the states the Seahawks are at it again with the possiblity of Bills running back Marshawn Lynch heading to Seattle if the Bills are willing to strike a dead with the Hawks’. Also out in New England restricted free agent guard Logan Mankins has requested a trade and with the Seahawks still seeking upgrades on the offensive line would Mankins be a fit in Seattle?
Bill Belichick has always been known not to give out big contracts to players and Logan Mankins is no exception. Mankins is requesting a contract that pays seven million per season but the Pats have balked at Mankins request.
Since then Logan Mankins has requested a trade from the New England Patriots and one of the teams that could be in play for the sixth year guard could be the Seattle Seahawks.
Now there are two road blocks in Seattle’s way of acquiring Mankins.
One, they would have to trade for Mankins and that could be easy or hard depending on what would take to get New England to trade him. One way could be a second-round pick in the 2011 draft since the Pats already have their own first-round pick and Oakland’s first-round pick from the Richard Seymour.
Two, the Seahawks would have to sign Mankins to a long-term contract should the team decide to trade for the two-time Pro-Bowler. With the Seahawks having two deal out two first-round contracts that will take up a lot of the Seahawks salary resources.
Now yes there is no salary cap and yes the Seattle Seahawks are owned by Paul Allen but there has not been the big time spending spree that many though Seattle would go on this off-season.
So the question is would the Seahawks, if able to acquire Logan Mankins, would they be willing to dole out a six or seven-year contract to a 26-year old veteran who would be able to start at left guard?
It’s possible but it would take some work.
As of now the Seahawks starting offensive line looks like this.
Russell Okung-Ben Hamilton-Chris Spencer-Max Unger-Sean Locklear
With the addition of Mankins the line would look something like this.
Russell Okung-Logan Mankins-Max Unger-Ben Hamilton-Sean Locklear
So you take you’re pick but the fact of the matter is the Seahawks are still a miror long-shot to land Logan Mankins simply because there has been no official word out of Foxboro on where or not they will trade him.
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