26 Aug 2014
Wait, what? The Patriots have a habit of doing this right before the season with aging veterans, don't they? First Lawyer Milloy, then Richard Seymour, now they've dealt 32-year-old Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for tight end Tim Wright (good receiver, can't block) and a pick. Everyone's jumping to conclusions on Twitter, but it's hard to judge the trade until we know what the pick is. But still... it feels like the Pats are always playing fifth dimensional chess. Is Mankins in decline? Is this about the cap space for a Darrelle Revis extension? Is it about replacing Aaron Hernandez? (Answers: who knows, who knows, and absolutely not.) Meanwhile, the Bucs get rid of a player they didn't need and get an upgrade at a position where they were hurting badly. Looks great for them.
UPDATE: Apparently, it's a fourth-round pick. Well, now this makes even less sense.
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