Mankins' agent sounds off

INDIANAPOLIS -- The agent for Logan Mankins told reporters at the NFL Combine that he is undecided on whether Mankins will sign his free-agent tender, while also criticizing the Patriots' approach.

"Everything with New England is built on leverage and using the system. Everything is leverage,” Bauer told the Boston Herald. ”This is one of the greatest guards they’ve had in the history of the place; John Hannah was the other one. I think it’s a travesty what they’ve done to the kid."

Mankins is seeking a long-term extension, which would provide him long-term security. Under the franchise tag for 2011, he could earn a projected $10 million salary. It's possible Mankins could sign the tender to guarantee the salary, but Bauer said no decision has been made at this point.

"[It] should have been done a long time ago," Bauer told Comcast Sports Net regarding a long-term extension. "But it got stopped. And right now, we're not talking."

Bauer also told Comcast Sports Net that the Patriots said they would never place the franchise tag on Mankins.

"Times have changed, now they tag him. In negotiations last year they said 'We're never tagging a guard. A guard's not worth it.' Now he's worth it?"