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As many of you New England Sports fans know, the Patriots recently executed a trade where they sent Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick. This is huge because Mankins was a big presence on the offensive line and provided the veteran leadership when it came to protecting Tom Brady. Many are reporting that the only issue here was the inability by the Patriots front office to come to an agreement in terms of contract and Mankins wanted more money.
It will be tough to replace him on the offensive line, but his departure will allow the Patriots to use extra salary to go after big weapons offensively. Maybe Andre Johnson? Only time will tell. The good news is that the Patriots were able to secure another tight end in Wright who many suspect will help pick up the void that was left when Hernandez made his exit from the team.
Also being cut from the team in order to make room for the 53 man roster was DT Tommy Kelly, DL Ben Bass, DB Travis Hawkins, WR Derrick Johnson, LB Deontae Skinner, DB Jemea Thomas, and WR Wilson Van Hooser. Most of these players were rookies and hadn’t seen much experience. Kelly was a strong replacement who played behind Vince Wilfork, but also spent most of the 2013-2014 season on the bench after being sidelined with a knee injury that eventually turned into ACL surgery. Kelly spent the majority of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders(2004-2012) prior to coming to New England. Kelly was picked up by the Arizona Cardinals where he signed a 1 year contract.
With the regular season quickly coming up, it will be interesting to see if the Patriots make any additional roster moves to help booster their offense or defense.
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