Re: I was wrong about Mankins
posted at 12/13/2010 2:24 PM EST
In Response to I was wrong about Mankins
[QUOTE]I have been taking credit for being right about the team, and the defense, so I should take my lumps about this. I said we shouldn't play him, didn't need him, and should just relegate him to the bench as a lesson about holding out. Wrong. He is a MAN out there and the line is playing much better now that he is back. Don't think we should throw the bank at him, but he is really helping the team, and maybe we should look at that offer again........
Posted by Davedsone[/QUOTE]
I was and still am one of the people who thought that Mankins handled the negotiations badly. I also still believe that he turned down a very fair contract. I felt and feel that if he wants to go play for a crappy organization (Raiders, Lions, etc..) for a few more bucks then go for it. Overpaying for players is one of the reasons those orgs. remain crappy.
I have changed my thoughts a little when he came back early, and when I found out he stayed around town and was not a cancer.
He needs to have a major sit down with Branch. He might want to get on the phone and talk to Milloy, Law, Woody, Seymour, Glen, McGinist, etc... and ask them what they think about their few more bucks.
The team should stick with basically the same deal they put on the table in the off season. They could throw him a bone with some performance incentives, on top of that deal, so that he can save face.The cap will be back next year, and some very tuff decisions will need to be made. You can't have the highest paid player at very many positions. We now have Brady and Wilfork who will account for a huge portion of the cap, so having the highest paid guard may be a luxury we will not be able to afford.