Pats trade Mankins to Bucs

According to Fox Sports Jay Glazer, the Patriots have traded OL Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for TE Tim Wright and a fourth round draft pick.  The deal has been confirmed by the Bucs. 

The Patriots will save about $6 million on the cap this year and about $6 million next year as Mankins was set to make roughly $10.5 million this season.  Wright makes a little less than $500,000.

Bill Belichick released the following statement after the trade:

"Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made - and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make - but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team."