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Reports are coming in that the Patriots have agreed to send guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.
This trade certainly comes as a shock to Patriot fans. Most around the team believed that this would be Mankins’ final season with the team, due to his massive contract and declining ability. However, I don’t think a trade or release this season was on anyone’s radar.
Tim Wright had a productive season with the Bucs in 2013. As an undrafted rookie he hauled in 54 catches for 571 yards and 5 touchdowns. Wright is a hybrid TE/WR, and while he certainly doesn’t have the same ability, he could play the so-called “Aaron Hernandez” role.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots will be receiving a Buccaneer’s fourth round pick.
It will certainly be interesting to see how things shake-up on the offensive line. Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell’s roster spots are probably safe, and this could also mean that Marcus Cannon will be transitioning to play guard full-time.
There will be a lot to sort out in the next few days, but this trade is the biggest shock of the season so far.
Breaking: the Patriots have agreed to parameters of a trade to send Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Bucs for a pick and TE Tim Wright
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 26, 2014