New England Patriots: Closer Look at Logan Mankins' Future with the Team

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New England Patriots: Closer Look at Logan Mankins' Future with the Team
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The storied stand-off between the New England Patriots organization and their Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins was one of the major headlines of the 2010 offseason. When the team slapped Mankins with the franchise tag before the NFL lockout began, many expected similar circumstances to plague the headlines of Boston newspapers and websites once again.

The long-term future of Mankins remains uncertain, but this situation is multi-layered, and as such bears a 3D analysis.

It's not just about whether the Patriots want him back. It's about whether he wants to be back. Not only that, it's also about whether his contributions to the team are worth the investment to lock him up long-term.

With that, let's take a look at the factors that could contribute most directly to his future with the team.

Erik Frenz is the co-host of the PatsPropaganda and Frenz podcast. Follow Erik on Twitter @erikfrenz.

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