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Mankins to sign tender, report to camp on time

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  July 26, 2011 02:15 PM

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One of the big questions facing the Patriots at the start of training camp was whether or not stellar guard Logan Mankins would report to training camp on time and sign his franchise tender or delay his arrival to the team in protest, as he did last year.

Apparently, that won't be a problem.

Mankins will sign his tender and report to camp on time, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Last year, as one of over 200 fourth- and fifth-year NFL players who lost out on the opportunity to be unrestricted free agents due to the rules of the uncapped season, Mankins was given a restricted free agent tender, which was reduced when he didn't sign it by a June deadline.

He did not report to Gillette until the first week of November, saying "it was time" to return to the team, and was immediately re-inserted into the starting lineup.

Mankins' franchise number is over $10 million and it would benefit the team to finally agree to a long-term deal with the seventh-year player, both for the salary cap relief it could provide and the relief it would provide Tom Brady knowing Mankins will be protecting him for a few more years.

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