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10:40 AM ET 03.06 | The agent for Patriots All-Pro guard Logan Mankins was correct last month when he described the treatment of his client as a "travesty." But Frank Bauer's assertion that it's solely the Patriots' doing is wrong. Both sides have been at fault. And unless they find a way to bridge their differences, it's hard to predict an endgame in all of this. What we know is this: Unless a team overwhelms the Patriots with a trade offer for Mankins once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, he will have to play in 2011 for his $10.1 million franchise tag. Those who know Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Bauer, a veteran, old-school, and respected agent, said that their once-good relationship has fallen apart.

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March 6, 2011  10:46 AM ET

The agent for Patriots All-Pro guard Logan Mankins was correct last month when he described the treatment of his client as a "travesty."


No, he wasn't.

Tragedy and travesty are not interchangeable words. They mean two completely different things.

A travesty is a risque theatrical parody, such as a satirical burlesque show. So unless there was something kinky going on, on the side, he used the wrong word.

March 6, 2011  10:54 AM ET

I could be wrong... but the use of the word seems like a stretch.

March 6, 2011  11:02 AM ET

Having to play for 10.1 million dollars doesn't seem like a tragedy or a travesty.

March 6, 2011  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Having to play for 10.1 million dollars doesn't seem like a tragedy or a travesty.

He needs to feed his family!

March 6, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Oh god forbid he has to play one year for 10.1 million... I used to love this guy, but he apparently ranks as one of the biggest **** boys in the NFL. Punk.

March 6, 2011  11:53 AM ET

ah well, life is not fair but things could always be worse, if he sits out he gets nothing and is franchised again, wait and see about the CBA, or he take his chances going to court, he is restricted but not under contract, this is the type of CBA the owners want to keep but pay less money

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March 6, 2011  12:50 PM ET

the pats haven't won anything since videogate, belichick is way ova rated

March 6, 2011  01:29 PM ET

He needs to slap his agent for using "travesty".

March 6, 2011  01:30 PM ET

Those who know Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Bauer, a veteran, old-school, and respected agent, said that their once-good relationship has fallen apart

Does this mean Belichick is negotiating contracts with the players agents? I thought that job would be handled by someone else. Or am I reading this wrong???

March 6, 2011  01:30 PM ET

What...No hoodie Picture?

March 6, 2011  01:31 PM ET

He wants out of New England. Simple as that. He fulfilled his obligation there and wants to move on. Perhaps back to California where he is from.
He would take less to play back there. Highly possible. He wants out of where he is.

March 6, 2011  01:45 PM ET
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He wants out of New England. Simple as that. He fulfilled his obligation there and wants to move on. Perhaps back to California where he is from. He would take less to play back there. Highly possible. He wants out of where he is.

Didn't know he was unhappy!

March 6, 2011  01:52 PM ET

maybe he is just a honest guy whos tired of playing for a cheatin team, they have not won anything since their cameras stopped rolling. belichick ? hof coach, or criminal mastermind ?

March 6, 2011  01:55 PM ET
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maybe he is just a honest guy whos tired of playing for a cheatin team, they have not won anything since their cameras stopped rolling. belichick ? hof coach, or criminal mastermind ?

Dr Evil in disguise?

March 6, 2011  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He needs to feed his family!

Be glad he's not feeding the Ryan family.

March 6, 2011  02:16 PM ET
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He wants out of New England. Simple as that. He fulfilled his obligation there and wants to move on. Perhaps back to California where he is from. He would take less to play back there. Highly possible. He wants out of where he is.

Hmm, I hadn't considered that possibility. Maybe it is something besides the money. I couldn't see how an interior lineman thought 10 million was not enough, seriously.

March 6, 2011  03:36 PM ET
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Didn't know he was unhappy!

He has wanted out of there for at least two years. He has his reasons. Wants to work and live where he wants to.

 
March 6, 2011  03:38 PM ET
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Hmm, I hadn't considered that possibility. Maybe it is something besides the money. I couldn't see how an interior lineman thought 10 million was not enough, seriously.

He can get that or more a lot of places it appears. He is ticked that he is not given the chance to try.
The Pats are using the rules to their advantage. It is a business. He wants out of there, that part is obvious.

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