Mankins is a good player and there will likely be some interest in him. Let’s take a look to see if he fits in with any of the AFC West teams.
Denver: This is probably the most logical spot. Mankins played for Denver coach Josh McDaniels in New England. McDaniels is switching Denver’s offense from a zone-blocking unit to a more traditional power unit that he used in New England. Mankins would be a huge upgrade at left guard. But he’d be expensive and Denver has other contract priorities, so I’m not sure the Broncos would pull the trigger on a deal.
Kansas City: This could be a fit, but its bad timing. Mankins played for Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli in New England and he’d reunite with quarterback Matt Cassel. But the Chiefs have bigger needs at tackle than guard after signing Ryan Lilja this offseason.
Oakland: The Raiders and Patriots have been recent trading partners, so they could strike a deal. But like the Chiefs, the Raiders' bigger need is at tackle.
San Diego: The Chargers are set at guard. This likely wouldn’t be a fit.