Just hours after Patriots owner Robert Kraft said they were going to make Logan Mankins a "Patriot for life," the three-time Pro Bowler agreed to a six-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported.
Mankins had signed his franchise tender and reported to camp on-time this season, after missing the first seven games in 2010 in a contract dispute. He was also a plaintiff for the players in the Brady antitrust suit during the lockout.
A first-team All Pro last season, despite playing in just nine games, Mankins has started all 89 games he has played in his career.
"Probably, you'll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon, hopefully, to be a Patriot for life," Kraft said earlier on Wednesday.
Mankins' franchise tender would have been worth just over $10 million, as a long-term deal helps the Patriots with cap space.
The way we see it
This is a big move for the Patriots for on-field and off-field reasons. Locking down Mankins, one of the best guards in the game, to a long-term deal shows the team's commitment to its second-best offensive player and a locker-room leader. It also shows what Kraft and Mankins have been saying, that there is no bad blood between the two and the goal all along was to keep Mankins in Foxborough. It also is one distraction the Patriots do not have to worry about.