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INDIANAPOLIS - Logan Mankins has been designated as the Patriots Franchise player by the team, and his agent Frank Bauer isn't happy.

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New England Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins was recently franchised by the team, a move that he's not happy with. Apparently neither is his agent, Frank Bauer. When the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza-Young caught up up with Bauer in Indianapolis, his displeasure was palpable.

"… it's a travesty what they've done with this player," said Bauer. "[His new contract] should have been done a long time ago. It could have been done a long time ago. But it got stopped."

Bauer and the team have had contentious negotiations unable to reach an acceptable deal for the All Pro lineman. After a verbal spat in the press, both sides went silent on the matter preferring to keep the status of talks private.

Mankins held out during the regular season last year until November 3rd, missing the first eight games. At the time, Mankins said he had his reasons for staying away from Gillette Stadium and the timing of his return. (He needed to return by week 10 in order to accumulate another NFL season and qualify for free agency this year.)

The status of the negotiations between the two sides hasn't changed since last year. "We're not talking," Bauer said.

Without a new CBA, the tag the team used may become invalid. So without talking, the Patriots are betting the farm on the tag being part of any new CBA.

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