Logan Mankins to sign franchise tender, report on time

The harmony with which NFL owners and players operated on Monday when the labor agreement was officially announced and the league swung back into business has carried through.

So much so that one of the labor headaches from a year ago will go away. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Logan Mankins intends to sign the tender offer he received as a the franchise player and report to trainint camp for the New England Patriots on time.

It’s good news for the Patriots, who were forced to play half of 2010 without Mankins while he sat out, upset with the way the club had handled him. Perhaps this move by Mankins will lay the groundwork for the kind of long-term contract extension he hopes to receive from the club. If not, he’ll still be handsomely paid this season and the tender becomes guaranteed once he signs it.

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