BY: John Mamola
Newly acquired Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins said he was surprised to be a member of the club during a news conference held before Thursday night’s preseason finale at Raymond James Stadium. The six-time pro bowl lineman was traded by the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and an disclosed draft pick on Tuesday afternoon.
“I was a little surprised,” said Mankins. “You never expect it to happen and when it does, you have to start thinking about what will I do next? I started to do what I knew to do and then got in contact with guys down here to make everything start happening.”
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the Patriots made Mankins available for trade after he refused a pay cut. Mankins did not confirm the report but was very vague when discussing how things went array in New England.
“If that’s what they’ve told you guys, I don’t know or not, but we had discussions and we just couldn’t come to common ground and they made the move they did.”
Mankins says he’s in good health as the season has yet to start but did warn about having certain expectations of his play. The former Patriot says it will take some time for him to get used to his new teammates.
“It always depends on the players and the system. I’ve never played with any of these guys and they’ve never played with me. So we’ll be learning on the fly. But hey, we’re professionals and sometimes you only have a short window to get it done and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”
The Buccaneers will open up the regular season on Sunday September 7th against divisional rival Carolina.
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