New England Patriots: Why Logan Mankins' Long-Term Deal Needs to Be Finalized

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IAugust 10, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out signals as Dan Koppen #67 and Logan Mankins #70 awaits the snap against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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When this deal gets done, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will be one happy camper.

And that's the long-term deal with left guard Logan Mankins.

Mankins, who's been with the Patriots since 2005, has been selected to three Pro Bowls (2007, 2009, 2010) and two All-Pro teams (2007, 2010). According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, owner Bob Kraft wants Mankins for good.

Well, that's a pretty good idea to go after since Logan is only 29 and has a lot of gas left in the tank.

If this deal gets done, obviously, the sooner the better.

With all of Brady's new toys, the Patriots (you would think) will be Super Bowl contenders for the immediate, if not long-term, future; hence, the long-term contract Kraft wants with Mankins.

Additionally, a long-term deal means much stability, chemistry and experience for the left-side of the New England offensive line that is anchored by blindside left tackle Dan Koppen.

What the deal also does is it provides RBs Danny Woodhead, the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, rookie Steven Ridley from LSU and the veteran Kevin Faulk another O-lineman they can trust.

It keeps the chemistry within the organization, which is something a lot of unsuccessful franchises fail to realize. For any RB in the NFL, running behind an offensive line that works in unison and understands audibles amidst all the chaos allows for a more effective rushing attack.

Counter-intuitive to that is the back-side of NFL MVP QB, Tom Brady.

You saw when Brady went down in 2008, the Patriots still had an OK season (by their standards). However, they failed to make the playoffs despite an 11-5 record. 

Only one year have the Pats missed the postseason with Brady under center, and that was an 8-8 record in 2002, which was his third year.

What a lot of non-football-minded people don't realize when watching and/or playing football is that the game is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. Whoever controls that five-to-seven-yard radius wins championships. It allows you to execute and move the ball, or stop the ball.

Getting left guard Logan Mankins to sign a long-term deal puts the New England Patriots at a huge advantage.