March 07, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins retiring
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is retiring after 11 seasons. Mankins, 33, has played two seasons for Tampa Bay after a trade from the New England Patriots. "It is always difficult losing a player of Logan's caliber both on the field and in the locker room," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said. "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." The seven-time Pro Bowl selection, including last season for the Buccaneers, played his first nine seasons in New England. Mankins was voted an offensive captain before last season. He was entering the last year of a six-year, $51 million contract. "Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made -- and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make -- but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.