After much debate and much anticipation, Buccaneers veteran guard Logan Mankins is hanging it up.
Mankins was tossing the idea around of calling it quits after 11 seasons. He informed the Bucs some time ago he would let them know of his decision before free agency and held true to his word. After NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out the information on Mankins retiring citing sources, the team made it official shortly after.
Here is what general manager Jason Licht said via the team’s press release:
“It is always difficult losing a player of Logan’s caliber both on the field and in the locker room. He is one of the toughest, most intelligent and skilled players at his position that I have seen in my years around this game. Logan distinguished himself as the ultimate professional over his 11-year career and he was an unquestioned leader for us over the past two seasons. His leadership, work ethic and selflessness played a key role in the development of our younger players and he set the standard which we use to evaluate all of our offensive linemen.”
Where do the Bucs go from here? They have options. The offensive line can be shuffled around, they can bring in someone from the outside (many have already mentioned an Alex Mack signing), or give the job to starter-in-waiting Kevin Pamphile.
Regardless, there are several different routes to take. But it also makes the Bucs’ offseason much more interesting.