The website Profootballtalk.com was the first to report that the Patriots and first round pick Logan Mankins had come to an agreement.
Patriots.com has the official news on the signing. The signing puts into question a couple things that appeared in the local media yesterday.
Nick Cafardo in his NFL Notes yesterday:
The Patriots appear confident they'll get No. 1 pick Logan Mankins signed to a six-year deal by the time training camp opens, which is far more optimism than many agents and teams can muster concerning first-round picks. As of Friday, none had been signed. Most agents are waiting for the hierarchy -- the Alex Smiths of the world -- to get signed, so they know where their player is slotted. Even though in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement teams can only prorate five years of the signing bonus, the Patriots aren't budging on their six-year demand, which gives them control of the player well into their unrestricted free agent years.
More from Nick yesterday:
Ben Watson, Ty Warren, and Vince Wilfork all signed six-year deals. The only player who escaped it was Daniel Graham, who signed a five-year deal, but the Patriots only did it because they weren't as sold on Graham as they were their other first-round picks.
ESPN’s report today on the Mankins signing:
The Patriots became the first team to sign a first-round pick by reaching a five-year, $6.4 million deal with guard Logan Mankins, the 32nd pick in the 2005 draft.
So did the Patriots budge off their six year demand, or was the demand never there? Or are the Patriots not sold on Mankins and are thus only offering him a five year deal?
ESPN didn’t get it all correct though.
The key to the agreement was getting the Patriots not to force a six-year contract on him. Last year, the Patriots signed tight end Daniel Graham, their first-round choice in 2004, to a six-year contract. His agent at the time, Tom Condon, refused to sign a contract that long for a pick that low in the first round and resigned as Graham's agent.
Graham didn't sign until Aug. 16, after an 18-day holdout. He played in the season opener, was inactive for the second game and was then placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Whoops. That’s supposed to be Benjamin Watson, boys.
A final thought on Cafardo’s Notes from a message board poster:
VERY late to the party on this one, but as I read in stunned silence the umpeenth Nick Cafardo NFL Sunday notes update on how Ty Law is feeling great and on (fill in the blank, but usually 6) number of teams radar screens, I wondered if Nick doesn