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When Logan Mankins' new six-year deal with the Patriots was reported yesterday, it was unclear just how well he would be compensated. Turns out, there's no one else in the NFL at his position who will be as well-paid as him.
Mankins will be paid 51 million over the course of the six-year deal, which will run through 2016, according to ESPN. The deal includes a 20 million signing bonus and his 8.5 million average per year makes him the highest-paid interior offensive lineman in the league.
According to the report, Mankins will earn a base salary of just 1.5 million in 2011, but it climbs from there. He'll have a base salary of 3 million in 2012, 6 million in 2013, 6.5 million in 2014 and 7 million in both 2015 and 2016.
More to come . . .
The Jaguars had plenty of talent last season, especially on defense.
But question marks remained due to some of their offensive players.
Could Blake Bortles play well enough to support the strong play of the Jacksonville defense?
He delivered this past season and helped bring the team to the AFC Championship.
Now he will be in Jacksonville for several years to come.
According to a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Bortles and the Jags have agreed to a new 3-year contract worth $54m.
Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the extension, adding that Bortles can earn up to $66.5m with incentives. The contract includes $26.5m guaranteed.
As he contemplates retirement to either become a wrestler or an action movie hero, Rob Gronkowski appears to be contemplating more than that.
OK, that's great. So, are you coming back to catch to touchdown passes from Tom Brady or not?
Not quite as easy to translate as Gronk's famous "pay cut" tweet from spring 2016, is it?
The tweet doesn't shed much light on it and whether the retirement talk is for real or a "contract ploy", the Gronk question looms over the Patriots' offseason as much as the Malcolm Butler mystery. It's actually more impactful since Butler's days in Foxboro are over. Are Gronk's?
As NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran put it this week:
They can’t just sit with their hands folded in their laps and wait until Gronk gets around to deciding. They need to know is he in or is he out? Or if he’s completely ambivalent, at which point, would trading him be a horrific idea?
"...your destiny will be not just be reached, it will just be starting." Hmmm.