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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 . . .
Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.
Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."
Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:
Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.
Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.
Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."
The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.
No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England.