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Both players win in this deal. Jenkins is convinced he is on his way out of Green Bay (looks like he is right at the moment). He won a ring and is being traded to a contender. Mankins is more than frustrated with his situation in New England. He is given an even better opportunity to win a Super Bowl ring blocking for a younger franchise quarterback.
The Patriots could use an upgrade from Matt Wright. Jenkins’ experience, leadership and ability to create pressure will bolster a very young unit. With Jenkins, and Ty Warren on the ends and Vince Wilfork in the middle, Jerod Mayo would have no problem getting to ball carriers. Belichick loves draft picks and a third-rounder is included to make up for the difference in age of the two players.
The Packers pass offense was solid, but the run game was lacking. Using Mankins to replace Daryn Colledge is an immediate upgrade giving the Packers one of the most formidable lines in the NFL going into 2011.
Blocking is an attitude in the NFL, one that Mankins possesses. Putting Mankins next to Chad Clifton improves the chances of Clifton duplicating his terrific 2010 season in 2011, despite being 35-years-old next season.