But Mankins is hardly the first player to have an issue with the way New England conducts its business.
Former NFL agent and team executive Andrew Brandt has an idea of why the Patriots routinely deal with these kinds of disputes, and he wrote about it for the National Football Post. The Chargers are the other hard-line team featured in an article detailing the out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach these clubs have taken to tactics employed by agents and players to force a team’s hand …
Mankins and his agent have expressed their displeasure about how the team has “lost” the player and were expecting the Patriots to send the roster exempt letter that the Chargers sent to their holdout players.
The response of Belichick and the team has been silent indifference. As much as the media tries, Belichick will not take the bait; he will not provide fodder for the player and the agent. His indifference, to players and agents, is maddening and worse than (Charger GM A.J.) Smith’s defiance.
Brandt then mentions quarterback Tom Brady, who is in the midst of the most important contract negotiation in team history, and the difference between he and Mankins.
Check it out, anyway. It’s interesting to read, not just in relation to Mankins’ situation, but also past dust-ups with guys like Deion Branch, Richard Seymour and Asante Samuel.