As Robert Kraft predicted, Logan Mankins gets his contract

Robert Kraft was so confident a deal would get done with Logan Mankins that you figured something had to be right around the corner.

Apparently, all they needed was an ink pen for Mankins to put his signature on a six-year contract, ending what at times was an incredibly acrimonious situation for the All-Pro guard and the New England Patriots. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the deal. It came after Kraft made public comments earlier today that he believed a deal was imminent.

The move helps both parties. Mankins gets the kind of long-term security he sought and the Patriots eliminate an annual negotiation, one that was nasty last year when Mankins sat out half the season. His agent Frank Bauer made at times what were some very pointed comments. The Patriots also will likely lower Mankins’ salary-cap number from $10.1 million – the figure it was going to be at for this season.

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