The Patriots on Tuesday traded longtime guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth round draft pick. Mankins is a six-time Pro Bowl player and a first team all-pro in 2010.
The nine-year veteran has the second highest salary on the Patriots, with a cap hit of $10.5 million and a base salary of $6.25 million. He had an acrimonious contract dispute with the team in 2010, but he eventually signed a six-year deal for $51 million.
Wright, 24, is a second-year player who caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns. He was the top receiving rookie tight end last season. His addition to the Patriots roster would help bolster its tight ends group, which has been beseeched this offseason by injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui.
Let's take a look back at some of the Patriots biggest trades in recent history. Next
After becoming a free agent following the season, Talib re-signed with New England on a one-year contract for 2013. After the season, Talib signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent, joining former Patriots teammate Wes Welker.
Talib proved to be just what the Patriots were looking for in their secondary, making his presence felt by opposing receivers for the rest of the season, making 19 tackles in six regular season games. He recorded 10 tackles in the Patriots’ AFC Divisional game against the Houston Texans, but injured himself and was forced to leave the game. He came back to play against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game, but re-aggravated the injury and was not a factor in the Patriots 28-13 loss.
After becoming a free agent following the season, Talib re-signed with New England on a one-year contract for 2013, and will begin his first full season as a Patriot this September. Next
This deal, the subject of speculation for some time, became reality July 28, 2011, when the Patriots followed their stunning trade for defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth by acquiring Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals for late round draft picks in both 2012 and 2013.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick had said before that he has a great deal of respect for the Ochocinco, who returned the verbal favor. The former Chad Johnson, 33, had 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns for the woeful Bengals in 2010. He has 766 career regular-season receptions for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.
The former star receiver never panned out in New England, lasting just one forgettable season in 2011. Next
The giant defensive lineman – he was listed at 6-foot-6, 330 pounds – was once among the most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL and he was chosen for the Pro Bowl twice. But he'll always be remembered for stomping Cowboys center Andre Gurode's head while he was with the Titans, as well as his multiple failed conditioning tests and ensuing spat with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan that led to his suspension for the final month of last season.
The trade cost the Patriots only a fifth-round draft pick. He only played six games for the Patriots in 2011, recording just two tackles and no sacks, before New England cut its losses and released Haynesworth, who would then be signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Next
On Sept. 14, 2010, the Patriots traded running back Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos for a fourth round draft choice. The Pats' first-round pick in 2006, Maroney never quite panned out, struggling with injuries and losing favor with fans who said he preferred to tap-dance behind the line of scrimmage rather than hitting the hole in New England's zone-blocking scheme.
Maroney was drafted No. 21 overall by the Patriots out of Minnesota in 2006. He rushed for a career-best 835 yards in 2007. In 2009, Maroney set career highs with 194 carries and nine touchdowns. Maroney rushed for only 74 yards in four games with the Broncos after the trade, averaging just 2.1 yards per carry. Maroney was arrested in St. Louis Monday night on drugs and weapons allegations, but was not charged. Next
The former Patriots Super Bowl MVP was traded to the Seahawks in 2006 for a first-round pick. Looking for a new contract after he outplayed his rookie deal, Branch held out of training camp and the Patriots eventually gave him permission to seek a trade.
A second-round pick out of Louisville (where his jersey was retired this weekend) in 2002, Branch had a knack for coming up big on the biggest stage: the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles, he caught a record-tying 11 passes for 133 yards; the year before, in the Patriots’ title-clinching win over Carolina, he pulled in 10 catches. His two Super Bowl total of 21 receptions is third-most in history.
In Oct. 2010, Branch rejoined the Patriots after New England sent Seattle a fourth-round draft pick to reacquire Branch. In 2012, the Patriots released Branch after the receiver struggled with injuries. He is eighth on the Patriots' all-time receiving list despite playing five years with the Seahawks. Next
There was stunning news the morning of Oct. 6, 2010: The Patriots had traded star wide receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round draft pick. The move was foreshadowed by a postgame rant after the season opener in which Moss expressed his displeasure over the Patriots' refusal to negotiate a contract extension. Then, just two days before the trade, Moss had no receptions in a Monday night victory over the Dolphins, the first time Moss had gone without a catch since 2006. His stay in Minnesota was short-lived. After the Vikings lost to the Patriots on Halloween, Moss delivered another postgame gem, this time expressing his love for the Patriots and regret for leaving. Next
In a move that sent shockwaves across the NFL, the Patriots traded five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour on Sept. 22, 2009 to the Oakland Raiders Sunday in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft choice. Seymour was part of all three Patriots teams that won Super Bowls. Next
Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel
Cassel played quite capably throughout 2008, the season Tom Brady missed because of a knee injury, and led the Patriots to an 11-5 record, but the team missed the playoffs. Two months after the season ended, Cassel was traded to the Chiefs—run by ex-Patriots personnel boss Scott Pioli—on Feb. 27, 2009 along with Mike Vrabel for a second-round draft pick. Vrabel was the more shocking aspect of the trade. The versatile linebacker—he was sometimes used in a receiving role—was a fan favorite who won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007. Next
On April 29, 2007, the second day of the NFL draft, the Patriots acquired Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2007 draft, giving Tom Brady a true deep threat that would lead to a record-setting season in 2007. Brady set the single-season touchdown pass mark (50), and Moss set a record for touchdown receptions in a season (23). In Oct. 2010, the Patriots traded the Pro Bowl wide receiver to the Vikings for a third-round 2011 draft pick. The Vikings quickly released Moss and he was claimed on waivers by the Tennessee Titans in Nov. 2010. The 14-year NFL veteran ended his career by making a Super Bowl appearance with the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. Next
On March 5, 2007, the Patriots obtained receiver Wes Welker from the Miami Dolphins for a second- and a seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft. Welker became a favorite target of quaretrback Tom Brady, and was a fan favorite in Foxborough as well.
Welker had five 1,000-yard receiving seasons for the Patriots and was named to the Pro Bowl five times. He left after the 2012 season to sign with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. Next
The Patriots traded a second-round pick in the 2004 draft to acquire the running back from the Cincinnati Bengals on April 19, 2004. Dillon spent the final three seasons of his career in New England and won a Super Bowl ring in 2004 following a 1,635-yard season. Next
In March 2002, the Patriots traded oft-troubled wide receiver Terry Glenn to the Green Bay Packers for a fourth-round pick in 2002 and a conditional pick in the 2003 draft. Glenn, the No. 7 overall draft pick for the Patriots in the 1996 draft, set an NFL rookie record with 90 catches in his first season in New England. He played six seasons in New England but played in just four games in 2001/02 when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl.The Packers traded Glenn to the Dallas Cowboys and the former Patriots receiver had his most productive season in the NFL in 2005, leading the NFL with an 18.3 yards per catch. Glenn has been arrested multiple times for charges including driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, public intoxication, and assault and battery. Next
The notion of ever seeing Drew Bledsoe in another uniform seemed distant in the mid-90s when the quarterback was leading the Patriots to new heights, including a Super Bowl appearance in 1997. But the emergence of Tom Brady when Bledsoe went down in 2001 to a serious injury ultimately made Bledsoe expendable, and he was traded to the Buffalo Bills on draft day in 2002 for a first-round pick in 2003. Back to the beginning
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