Some links from the Buccaneers perspective on the trade of guard Logan Mankins:
The "right move" for Tampa. Pat Yasinskas, who covers the Buccaneers for ESPN.com's NFL Nation, opines that this is the right move for the club. "That’s a steep price, and Mankins also will take up $6 million of Tampa Bay’s salary cap for this season. But you get what you pay for. What the Bucs got is a quality player to patch their problems at guard. Mankins, 32, is a six-time Pro Bowler and known as a great locker room guy," he writes.
Move shows it's about "now" for Buccaneers. Martin Fennelly, columnist for the Tampa Tribune, writes that the acquisition of Mankins shows that management is taking a we-can-win-now approach. He likes it, although there is one caveat. "The only thing that worries me is that the Bucs made a deal with: Belichick. If Mankins is retired a year from now and Tim Wright has 100 catches, we'll let you know," he writes.
Philosophy change for team. Ira Kaufman, the longtime football reporter from the Tampa Tribune, notes how the acquisition of Mankins shows how times have changed. "There was a time not too long ago when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had little interest in acquiring a high-priced player on the wrong side of 30. That stance shifted in a hurry Tuesday," he said.
Mankins means no Incognito. Tom Jones, columnist for the Tampa Bay Times, opines that the acquisition of Mankins is a win-win in that the Buccaneers get a good player and they also won't be bringing in Richie Incognito. The possibility of Incognito was not received favorably by some columnists in Tampa.
Wright's role in trade. Greg Auman, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, writes on the trade and includes some insight from Buccaneers management on tight end Tim Wright. Auman quotes Tampa general manager Jason Licht: "It tells you we feel very good about the three tight ends we have on our roster [Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker]. It speaks about that. We think Tim is a very good football player. Came in, caught 54 balls, that's a pretty remarkable feat. We feel the return we got on the investment obviously worked in our favor. They probably feel they got a pretty good deal, too."