Being the on-field leader of an NFL team certainly cannot be easy. Even though New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still not happy about offensive lineman Logan Mankins being traded last week, he has no choice but to move on from the situation.
“I haven’t really spoken to anybody about it, so I have my own personal feelings that are very personal to me,” Brady said on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
“I love Logan. Logan was a great friend of mine. Nobody stood for Patriots football more than him. … I dealt with whatever feelings I had last week, but I’ve moved on. I have to move on, because that’s what this team expects me to do.”
The Patriots reportedly told Mankins, who was set to make $6.25 million in 2014, $6.75 million in 2015 and $6.75 million in 2016, to take a pay cut prior to dealing him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 four-round draft pick. The 32-year-old was not interested in playing for less money for a team that he has clearly put his blood, sweat and tears into. When Brady says Mankins is Patriots football, it is the truth.
Brady is upset about the trade because Mankins has been with the team for nine years. More importantly, he has been elected to six Pro Bowls (five consecutive) and he is a four-time All-Pro. He also is considered to be one of the best run-blocking offensive linemen in the league as evidence of him being ranking in the top 10 for seven years in a row, according to Pro Football Focus.
The business side of football is never easy, especially for the players. However, Brady has to get over his hard feelings about it because he is the person in the locker room who everyone looks up to.