Tom Brady has been excellently protected by offensive lineman Logan Mankins for the last nine years in New England. Mankins earned six Pro-Bowl nominations during that time as well as being considered an All-Pro five times.
As you may expect then, the quarterback Brady is not too happy with head coach Bill Belichick's decision to trade Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a young tight end and a fourth round pick.
According to Bleacher Report’s NFL Insider Jason Cole, Brady was ‘very upset’ when hearing about the trade that sent Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from New England to Tampa Bay adding that “he was not happy with the move.”
Brady has seen his star teammates all leave before in what has come to be known as the 'Patriot Way' under Belichick. Over the years various top receivers have been allowed to leave Boston by the head coach, such as Wes Welker who went to Denver last free agency.
As of last year, three members of the Patriots - Mankins, Vince Wilfork and Brady himself - made up for a huge 35 percent of the team's salary cap .
The only one of the three not to agree to a newly structured deal was Mankins, so it was inevitable he would be on his way out. Mankins camp had been undergoing negotiations with the Patriots since February but to no avail.
Brady's contract was reworked to give him more short-term money while spreading out his cap hit. Wilfork's deal, too, was eventually restructured, but only after negotiations got so contentious he asked for his release.
It's interesting to wonder if Brady will ever find himself in this situation.