In a surprising move, the New England Patriots have traded six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported the deal on Tuesday.
Glazer reported via Twitter, “The deal is not yet finalized but the players have been informed and terms agreed upon. Still some things to work out.” The move comes on the first major cut-down day of camp and is now on a list of surprising moves made by Bill Belichick entering into a regular season.
The trade fills a need for both teams. The Buccaneers have been in desperate search of help on the offensive line and they have found that with the 32-year-old Mankins. The Patriots selected the All Pro in the 2005 draft and since then he has been one of their more reliable players. He has served as a Patriots caption for the last three seasons and is one of their emotional leaders. His salary could be a reason why the team was open to part ways. Mankins possessed the second-highest cap number on the Patriots’ roster at $10.5 million.
On the flip side, the Patriots will fill a void at the tight end position. The 24-year-old Wright is an athletic pass-catching tight end who could compliment Rob Gronkowski. In 2013, he played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers. He caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Considering Tampa Bay’s quarterback struggles last season, those numbers could go a long way in an offense led by Tom Brady.