Logan Mankins, Patriots able to deal?

The time may be right for sides to put past acrimony behind and work out an extension

Updated: July 27, 2011, 8:39 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With his agent calling it a "fresh start," All-Pro offensive lineman Logan Mankins will report to New England Patriots training camp Wednesday, clearing up one of the biggest questions facing the team.

Now comes another question. Could Mankins' approach be the catalyst to what seemed improbable over the last year -- a long-term contract extension?

It's too early to tell, especially with all the other business the Patriots must tend to, knocking it ...

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