The 6-1 Patriots are about to get better.
OG Logan Mankins reported to the Patriots on Tuesday to sign his restricted free-agent tender worth $1.54 million.
Mankins was expected to return later in the season to be on the active roster for the minimum number of games — six — that would earn him an accrued year of service so he could become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
The two-time Pro Bowler had been upset with the Patriots for not offering him the long-term contract he was looking for.
The Pats have the best record in the league and allowed zero sacks in Sunday's win over the Vikings. Mankins has 80 career regular-season starts and nine postseason starts.
The way we see it
This is a huge boost to a team that is finding ways to win, despite a lackluster defense. Mankins is a solid run blocker, which should help a rushing attack that came alive against the Vikings. It's unsure, however, when Mankins will be ready to play and what changes will be made to get him on the field. OG Dan Connolly has played well as his replacement this season at left guard, although he was pulled in the second half of the Pats' Week Seven game against the Chargers.