Logan Mankins wants out of New England. The Cardinals offensive line needs resuscitation. I see a confluence of need and availability here that screams for attention. Rod Graves needs to get on the phone. Mankins is a two time probowler in five years. He's played every game since being drafted right up until he chose to hold out from the Patriots. He can play either guard or tackle providing much needed and coveted versatility for the Cardinals. You know that blocking for Tom Brady he is a capable pass protector. Mankins would provide a massive upgrade for the Cardinals offense.
Alan Faneca is on a short term deal at the tail end of his career. His play this season hasn't been his sharpest to say the least. Even if he improves dramatically as the season progresses he will be leaving a hole behind him soon. Rex Hadnot may be a very capable lineman but he's not beating out either Faneca or Lutui for play time.
Mankins wants a long term deal. The Cardinals would do well to provide it. Solidifying the line should be a priority with the prospect of a young developing QB becoming the new leader of the Cardinals, be that Hall, Skelton or someone else as yet unkown. If they bring in a veteran instead I'm sure he'll appreciate landing on his back a little less too.
According to Jason La Canfora at nfl.com Mankins will most likely sign his tender by week 10 in order to have 2010 count as an accrued season (minimum of 6 weeks to qualify). The Patriots can't trade him without a contract so it may be some time before he goes anywhere. Then again maybe not. We are talking about the Patriots here. Either way I say again, Rod Graves needs to get on the phone.
One last arguement in favor of Mankins, according to his wikipedia page Logan Mankins is 9 foot 41 inches tall.