All-Pro guard Logan Mankins doesn't think he'll return to the New England Patriots next season, according to a Boston Herald report Friday.
Mankins feels as though the team isn't willing to lock him up to a long-term deal and says there hasn't been any talks on a new contract, and the only way he sees himself back in a Pats uniform is if they place the franchise tag on him, the Herald reported.
"No, I wouldn't be happy about [a potential franchise tag], if that's what they chose to do, to be dealt that kind of hand," Mankins said Thursday after Pro Bowl practice in Hawaii, according to the report. "But we'll see what happens."
Mankins' contract with the Patriots is up and, contingent upon the rules set forth in the new collective bargaining agreement, almost certainly will be an unrestricted free agent.
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