Logan Mankins and the Patriots finally agreed on a contract extension for the All-Pro guard last week that makes him the highest-paid player ever at his position.
Today, the 29-year old addressed the deal for the first time and seems to still be wrapping his mind around it.
"I’m happy with it. I’m ecstatic," he said, taking time to thank the Krafts, Bill Belichick, and "the guys upstairs", presumably the front-office staff. "This doesn’t feel real yet, so I don’t know how to take it yet, but I’m very happy to be here. Looking forward, I’m hoping to have a good season and hopefully I can help this team win games for the next six years if I make it that long."
When talking to wife Kara, Mankins said, he told her he had to go out and earn his money - he doesn't want to be a guy who shows up only to collect his check or is hurt every year.
"It still hasn’t sunk in yet. That’s what guys always hope [for] – to get to this point, and I think when you get there it takes a little while to set in, so I’m still at a little bit of a loss for words about it. But I’m sure eventually I’ll have something better for you guys," he said.
Fresno State, Mankins' alma mater, recently completed installation of a $1.2 million FieldTurf surface at its home stadium - one sideline bears the words "Mankins Family" in honor of the donation they made toward its completion.
It's not known how much Mankins donated - he said he wanted to help and show appreciation for the school - but typically you don't get anything named after you unless you make a sizable donation...