Vince feels Logan’s pain
|07.29.10 at 12:47 pm ET|
FOXBORO — They may play on completely different sides of the ball and are on the field at different times, but Vince Wilfork knows all too well what Logan Mankins is going through.
Having successfully endured his own contract negotiation with the Patriots, the defensive tackle Wilfork showed some support for holdout Mankins, who along with Burgess, did not report on the first day of training camp for veterans on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.
“I’ve been there,” Wilfork said. “It’s tough for him. I miss him out here and I’ll back him 110 percent. I think he’s the best offensive guard out there. But business is business and you have to respect both sides. Business is business and you have to let business take care of itself.”
[Click here to listen to Wilfork speak out on the Logan Mankins situation.]
Wilfork agreed to a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million in guaranteed money on March 5, the first day of free agency.
With wide receiver Wes Welker starting camp on the PUP list and not eligible to work out with the team, Mankins was the only veteran on offense not accounted for as head coach Bill Belichick confirmed earlier in the day that the Pro Bowl left guard was “not under contract.”
Matt Light is another player who can certainly relate with Mankins and who is someone accustomed to normally lining up alongside Mankins. The veteran tackle not only directly referenced Mankins but indirectly pointed to a certain quarterback in contract discussions of his own.
“I stay out of all that stuff,” Light said. “Every guy on this team has gone through a contract situation, whether it’s coming in here and signing as a rookie or being a guy going into his second or even possibly third contract so we’ve all faced it and we know what it is and it’s a part of the game, unfortunately.
“The only thing I’ll say to that situation is he’s a great teammate, always been a good teammate and a guy that’s never missed a game and missed having him out here.”
The 32-year-old Light, entering his 11th season out of Purdue, is entering the final season of his contract but joked that he’s not worried about his future – at least not for now.
“I’m a good looking guy,” Light said with his typically wry smile. “That’s what I fall back on. The mirror doesn’t lie.”
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