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Patriots guard Mankins reportedly to sign franchise tender

New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins will sign his franchise tag tender and report to training camp this week, *The Boston Globe* reported, citing ESPN.

Mankins, one of the 10 plaintiffs in the Brady et al v. the National Football League et al lawsuit, held out for the first seven games of the 2010 season after refusing to sign a restricted free-agent tender by the June deadline. He returned in early November and started the final nine games, making the Pro Bowl in the process.

Mankins' franchise tag will cost the Patriots more than $10 million, increasing the possibility the team will try to negotiate a long-term contract to provide it some salary cap relief and Mankins some security.

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