Buccaneers: The Five Best Trades in Team History
4. Logan Mankins – 2014
In 2013 after the Bucs struggled, beginning the season 0-8 and finishing 4-12. Greg Schiano and his college coaches tried to mash together on offensive line that consisted of four guys (Carl Nicks, Jamon Meredith, Ted Larsen, and Gabe Carimi) attempting to play left guard.
Schiano was fired and in comes Lovie Smith who for some reason cut and traded away the Bucs three best offensive lineman (Jeremy Zuttah, Donald Penn, and Davin Joseph) and didn’t really try fix the offensive line in the draft or free agency (although Kevin Pamphile was drafted in the fifth round) until August.
On August 26, 2014, the Bucs traded their 2015 fourth round pick (#101 – Trey Flowers) and tight end Tim Wright to the New England Patriots for six-time Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran left guard Logan Mankins.
During the 2014 – 2015 seasons with the Bucs Mankins only missed one game starting in 31 games and helping to restore the offensive line and being selected to the Pro Bowl during the 2015 season.
After the 2015 season, in which he helped to tutor rookie guard Ali Marpet and tackle Donovan Smith, and helped in start the revitalization of the Bucs offensive line he chose to retire from the NFL.