Sammy Morris Says Logan Mankins 'Will Be Missed' if Guard Can't Settle Contract Dispute The distractions of arguing about Tom Brady‘s future, the unrealistic possibility of bringing in Terrell Owens and Vince Wilfork‘s elaborate scavenger hunt have taken some of the attention away from the fact that Logan Mankins is still unhappy with his contract.

The guard refused to sign his restricted free agent tender at $3.26 million. Mankins said in June that he no longer wanted to play in New England and that the team was not honest with him.

At his football camp this week in Foxboro, Patriots running back weighed in on Mankins’ situation when speaking with NESN’s Kathryn Tappen.

“I think we all understand that it’s a part of the game, but it’s an unfortunate part of the game,” Morris said of contract negotiations. “There are 32 teams across the league that have to deal with transition, whether it be losing people, adding people through the draft or free agency. Logan’s a great guy, great player — surely we’ll miss him — but we still have a job to do, too.”

Still, Morris expressed confidence in the veteran running backs of the team to get the job done.

“I’ve always felt good [about the Patriots’ running game],” he said. “Fred [Taylor]’s been around 13 years, Kevin [Faulk]’s been around 12, this is my 11th, Laurence Maroney is going into his fifth year … We got guys that have been around and do a lot of things and do a lot of things well.”

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