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Bucs' Logan Mankins considering retirement



As the Bucs closed their season with a fourth straight loss Sunday, veteran guard Logan Mankins said he might have played in his final NFL game and is considering the possibility of retiring at age 33 after 11 NFL seasons.

"I don't know. I am at the point in my career where I'm going to take a little time and evaluate what I want to do with my family, with myself and my career and see where it goes," Mankins said after the Bucs' 38-10 loss to Carolina.

Mankins missed only one game with injury, starting 15 at left guard for an offensive line that helped Doug Martin rush for 1,402 yards and earn a Pro Bowl berth. Mankins, who has played in six Pro Bowls himself from his time with the Patriots, is an alternate this year, but said there's a chance Sunday was his last game.

"Possibly. It could. It might not be. I don't know yet," Mankins said. "A wise guy always use to tell some of the teams I was on to never make a rushed decision after the season. Take a little time to think about it."

Mankins said he has confidence that the Bucs will be a strong team, with or without his presence and leadership on the offensive line. He's due to make $7-million next year in the last year of his contract, and said there's a strong foundation in place for the Bucs' continued improvement.

"There are a lot of guys in this room with promising careers," Mankins said. "A few more pieces and this could be a pretty good team."

[Last modified: Sunday, January 3, 2016 8:56pm]


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