Mankins signs franchise tender with Pats

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FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the NFL that was a feature of the lockout, has signed his franchise tender.

Mankins was a holdout last season as a restricted free agent and missed the first seven games of the year. He started the final nine games, then failed to work out a long-term deal and was given the franchise tag designation in February.

When the union decertified just prior to the lockout, Mankins became one of 10 players that attached his name to the antitrust lawsuit filed against the NFL. There had been reports in the final days of the lockout that Mankins and San Diego's Vincent Jackson were holding up an agreement on the new collective bargaining agreement for some type of compensation.

Mankins, who denied the allegations and reported to camp on time this year, is now due to make about $10 million for the 2011 season. The sides can still work toward a long-term deal.

Selected by New England in the first round with the 32nd overall pick of 2005 draft, Mankins has started all 89 regular-season games and all 10 playoff games he has appeared in with the club. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The Patriots also announced agreements with running backs Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris, as well as defensive back Kyle Arrington.

Faulk is the longest-tenured Patriot on the current roster, having been with the club since joining the team as a second-round pick in the 1999 draft. The LSU product, who played just two games last year because of a torn ACL, is the club's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 12,247.

Morris is entering his 12th season in the NFL and fifth with the Patriots. He has also played for Miami and Buffalo since entering the league as a fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech in 2000.

Arrington first joined the Patriots midway through the 2009 season and last year started 14 of the 16 games, finishing with 67 tackles. He also scored a pair of touchdowns, one on a blocked field goal against Miami and another on his first career interception against Green Bay.

The Patriots also signed free agent defensive lineman Steve Williams, who spent the past two seasons in the CFL with the BC Lions after being among New England's final cuts in 2009.


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