Patriots Offered Mankins $7M Per Year

According to Albert Breer of the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots' reported contract offer to restricted free agent guard Logan Mankins, which has been on the table for "a significant period of time", was a five-year deal at approximately $7 million dollars per season.

Breer's source adds that the deal would have made Mankins one of the five highest paid players in his position.

(Breer adds that the Patriots have already reduced Mankins' tender to $1.54 million dollars.)

What's not mentioned is the guaranteed portion of the Patriots' offer, which, along with the three-year APY, are the most important aspects of any long-term contract offered or signed in the NFL.

New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans' $8.1M APY is an impressive number, but the most impressive features of that deal are the $19 million dollars Evans will receive in 2010, and the $25.6 million dollars he'll receive in the first three seasons of the contract. ($8.53M per year)

It's difficult to envision the Patriots shelling out that much cash in one year for any player, regardless of position, and the guaranteed money angle is not one to be ignored. That's the area in contract negotiations where the Patriots couldn't reach deals with Adam Vinatieri and Deion Branch, and could be on the verge of doing the same with a Pro Bowl-caliber guard heading into the prime of his career.

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