FOXBORO, Mass. — Logan Mankins has spent the last couple of seasons trying to prove to the Patriots that he's worth a long-term contract. Now that he's got one, he wants to show them that he can earn it.
"I don't want to be one of those guys that shows up to collect his check, or one of those guys who gets hurt every year," Mankins said. "Hopefully, I can stay healthy and give my best effort."
Mankins signed a six-year deal through 2016 that could be worth as much as $51 million, according to the Boston Globe. He said he's relieved to get the business part of the game out of the way, and he was honored to sign such a lucrative deal.
"I'm happy with it," Mankins said. "I'm ecstatic. It doesn't feel real yet, so I don't know how to take it yet. I'm very happy to be here, and moving forward, hopefully we have a good season, and hopefully I can help this team win games for the next six years if I make it that long."
Mankins joked that he doesn't have any time to go shopping to make a big purchase, and the down-to-earth left guard said he'd likely just put his newfound wealth into a savings account. He has already donated money to Fresno State so the school could install FieldTurf at its football facility.
Mankins took a lot of pride in knowing he could help out his former college, and he takes even more knowing that his contract extension could help him retire as a member of the Patriots.
"It's great," Mankins said. "I'm really happy I know I'm staying here for hopefully the rest of my career. I just want to thank the Krafts and their family, coach [Bill] Belichick and the guys upstairs. I'm glad this is done with, and very happy."