After Sunday’s season-finale in Carolina, Bucs guard Logan Mankins didn’t rule out retirement when speaking with Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
“I don’t know. I’m at the point in my career where I’m going to evaluate what I want to do with my family, with myself and my career and see where it goes,” Mankins said.
Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowler in New England and alternate in 2015, has started 161 games in his 11-year career, including 15 this past season. His production helping the Bucs’ backfield rush for 1,931 yards, along with experience and leadership on a young team is exactly why Lovie Smith would love to see the veteran guard return in 2016.
The head coach said he’d be involved in the coaxing process.
“Part of my job is to recruit players that I think can help us win football games,” Smith said Monday. “You normally don’t retire on the type of year Logan had. You retire when you can’t play football anymore. That’s not the case with Logan. I thought he had an outstanding season. Do I get involved in recruiting guys like that? Yes I do.”
The Bucs appear to have a great foundation along the offensive line, a solid mix of young talent and veteran leadership. While Mankins is set to make $7 million in 2015, Smith’s comments suggest that Tampa Bay is committed to the 33-year old pro if, indeed, he decides to keep playing.
One point Smith can make in trying to convince him is the chance at another postseason run.
“There are a lot of guys in this room with promising careers,” Mankins said, via Auman. “A few more pieces and this could be a pretty good team.”
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Well, with the highly influential and charismatic Lovie Smith going to work on keeping Mankins in the fold, I expect to hear about his retirement plans next week.
Haha thank you for the laugh Chefo!
Let him go unless he takes a pay cut. He’s way over valued at this point in his career. He’ll continue to get slower in his injury recovery time.
at $7 million, it seems like a no brainer be away from the family for 6 months and go for one more year. next year, when he will be out of contract and lucky to get a third of that, it will be a no-brainer to pack it in and enjoy your post-football life
His veteran experience and influence on Jameis is much needed for next season. Year 2 is crucial for Winston’s maturation & avoiding the “sophomore slump.” I’d like him to take a slight pay cut, but we have the cap space. Him and VJax have both earned their money.
I agree with you Pick6 except for the part where Makings will make even close to one third of the 7 mill he will make next year.
I don’t know what Makins major is, but since he has been playing in the NFL for the last dozen years, it is doubtful anyone is going to give him $2 mill for a training position.
I love it when the Lovie haters try to spew their venom at the coach by besmirching his calm cool manner.
Guya, the days of Knute Rockne, Rudy and Vince Lombardi are way over. Try watching “North Dallas Forty” or oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday.”
Lovie is well respected by his past, present and current players. It must kill you to know that.
Agreed on the demeanor of Lovie,drdneast- only winning will help to change many of those opinions, though
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