The Buccaneers reportedly have interest in offensive lineman Nate Chandler and over the weekend Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times speculated that it was a sign that the team expected Mankins to retire. Mankins pledged to let the team know his decision before the start of free agency and he has done just that today.
Mankins finishes his playing career with a pretty impressive NFL résumé. The former first-round pick, who turns 34 later this week, earned six Pro Bowl berths and played in two Super Bowls. Unfortunately, however, he did not win a Super Bowl. He joined the Patriots the year after they won Super Bowl XXXIX and then was traded to Tampa Bay prior to New England’s 2014 championship season.
Mankins had one year left on his current contract for $7MM though that entire sum was non-guaranteed.
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