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Pro Bowl guard Mankins not close to deal with Patriots, agent says

Logan Mankins' agent confirmed Sunday that he and the New England Patriots have discussed a contract extension for the two-time Pro Bowl guard, but the sides aren't close to an agreement.

"We're pretty far apart," Frank Bauer told the *Boston Herald*. "Let's leave it at that."

Mankins has skipped the Patriots' voluntary workouts this offseason, and Bauer said "no comment" when asked if the restricted free agent would miss a mandatory minicamp next month if he doesn't have a deal.

Mankins has until June 15 -- the day the minicamp starts -- to sign his one-year, $3.268 million tender offer. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he hopes Mankins "will be with us for the long term."

It isn't known what Mankins is seeking in a new contract, but New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans recently signed a seven-year, $57 million deal. Mankins, 28, is two years older than Evans and has made one more Pro Bowl.

Mankins was a first-round draft pick (32nd overall) by New England in 2005. He has started in every game during his NFL career.

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