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Draft Scout Logan Mankins News
03/08/16 - G Logan Mankins was officially placed on reserve/retired by the Buccaneers Tuesday (March 8).
03/07/16 - Seven-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins informed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday he plans to retire.
Mankins spent the past two seasons with the Bucs after playing nine seasons with the New England Patriots.
"It is always difficult losing a player of Logan's caliber both on the field and in the locker room," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a team-issued release. "He is one of the toughest, most intelligent and skilled players at his position that I have seen in my years around this game. Logan distinguished himself as the ultimate professional over his 11-year career and he was an unquestioned leader for us over the past two seasons. His leadership, work ethic and selflessness played a key role in the development of our younger players and he set the standard which we use to evaluate all of our offensive linemen."
Mankins went to the Buccaneers in a trade that caught him by surprise in 2014. He eventually focused on the job and started 31 of 32 games the past two seasons.
Mankins was named All-Pro six times.
Mankins said in January while preparing for his seventh Pro Bowl in Hawaii that he was leaning toward retirement but wanted to take extra time to be certain that was the right call.
His retirement clears nearly $7 million of cap space for the Buccaneers, who have needs all across the offensive line minus Mankins. However, the move is not a surprise to general manager Jason Licht, who said in February at the Scouting Combine that Tampa had prepared for all outcomes in Mankins' situation.
A first-round draft pick in 2005, Mankins was one of the most consistent players in the Patriots' offense and was traded because of a lingering contract dispute with the front office.
01/04/16 - G Logan Mankins said he might have played in his final NFL game and is considering the possibility of retiring at age 33 after 11 NFL seasons. "I don't know, I am at the point in my career where I'm going to take a little time and evaluate what I want to do with my family, with myself and my career and see where it goes," Mankins said after the Bucs' 38-10 loss to Carolina.
12/30/15 - G Logan Mankins (knee), who has battled the same injury for weeks, did not practice Wednesday but is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers.
12/23/15 - G Logan Mankins (knee) did not practice Wednesday but said he hopes to recover in a few days and play in Sunday's game against the Bears.