Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
posted at 4/13/2010 6:08 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
I have said I have no idea about who the heck the Patriots will ever draft as I am always wrong but I know many of you have claimed they should draft an Offensive lineman high. They very well might. It is interesting at the least, although means nothing, that that position and safety might be the two LEAST publicized positions of player interest/visits so far during this process by the Patriots. I think safety had the least number of players reported as being visited with and then Offensive linemen. Again that is solely based on what I have been able to track in the press and is a tiny sample.
Posted by Low-FB-IQ
Interesting piece in the Globe today on Mankins, story below in blue. I can't see him holding out given the personal consequences. But I'm a little surprised the team hasn't locked him up given his talent, durability and value to the team. I don't know if the Pats will draft OL help this year. The argument could be made for a OT and an OG/C type to be added given the age of Neal and Light.
The Pats have shown a great deal of interest behind the scenes in Kam Chancellor. If I had to guess two players that we're going to draft based on the tea leaves I have it will be Chancellor and McCluster. The only thing that would upset that is if they are taken ahead of where the Pats have them slotted or another player more highly coveted that they don't expect to be there slips to them.
Thursday is the deadline for RFAs to sign offer sheets with other teams, but it's not the only big one coming down the pike. If RFAs aren't signed on June 15, teams can lower their tender offers to 110 percent of the player's 2009 salary and retain exclusive negotiating rights. So I was interested to see how many of these minicamps would be scheduled for after the deadline, making it so the veterans would a) be compelled to sign their offer sheets before the minicamp and b) therefore be forced to show up or risk being fined.
And here it is: Patriots minicamp -- June 15-17.
Maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe it isn't.
The bottom line is that if Mankins doesn't sign his $3.268 million tender by June 15, the Patriots can slice his offer to $1.54 million. That's a $1.728 million difference.
If he does sign, he's under contract, and has to report or risk being fined. So it looks like we might have our first crossroads in Mankins's negotiations coming up.