"Oh yeah," he said when asked about a possible return to the Patriots. "There are 32 teams in play. Whatever one I feel is the best situation for me.
"There's always a possibility (for the Patriots). But to tell you the truth, I haven't given it much thought right now. If there was a CBA, I'm sure I'd be thinking about it a lot more."
Mankins was a restricted free agent after the 2009 season, and he and the team could not agree on a contract. The sixth-year pro eventually signed a reduced tender offer and returned for the final nine regular-season games in order to accrue another season in order to qualify for unrestricted free agency this offseason.