“It is always difficult losing a player of Logan’s caliber both on the field and in the locker room,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “He is one of the toughest, most intelligent and skilled players at his position that I have seen in my years around this game. Logan distinguished himself as the ultimate professional over his 11-year career and he was an unquestioned leader for us over the past two seasons. His leadership, work ethic and selflessness played a key role in the development of our younger players and he set the standard which we use to evaluate all of our offensive linemen.”
After being acquired by Tampa Bay from the New England Patriots in the 2014 preseason, Mankins was inserted as the team’s left guard, where he started all 31 games in which he played the past two seasons. Prior to the 2015 season, he was selected as a team captain and later earned his seventh career Pro Bowl berth after leading an offensive line that anchored the NFL’s fifth-ranked rushing attack (135.1), tied for the fourth-fewest sacks allowed (27.0) and totaled the fifth-most yards per game (375.9).
Mankins (6-4, 308) originally entered the league as a first-round pick (32nd overall) by the Patriots in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Fresno State product spent the first nine seasons of his career in New England, starting all 130 games he played, as well as 17 postseason games, including two Super Bowls. Mankins earned six Pro Bowl berths (2007, 2009-13) and six All-Pro selections (2007, 2009-13) during his time in New England.
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