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By PFW staff

The stalemate between Pro Bowl OG Logan Mankins and the Patriots is far from a resolution, Mankins' agent says.

Agent Frank Bauer told the Boston Globe on Friday that the Patriots have "totally lost this player mentally" as a result of the contract standoff between the two sides. Mankins wants a long-term contract, but he rejected the team's offer of a five-year extension added to his restricted free-agent tender.

Mankins has started all 80 games during his five-year career with New England after being selected in the first round of the 2005 draft.

Bauer, who says he has heard "not a word" from the Patriots, is expecting his client to receive a letter from the team stating its intent to place Mankins on the roster-exempt list, which would make him ineligible to play for three games following the date that he signs a contract.

"They don't care," Bauer said. "... I would expect them to do everything nasty that they can. ... They have to do what they have to do, and we'll do what we have to do."


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