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Buccaneers G Logan Mankins Still Mulling Retirement

Buccaneers veteran G Logan Mankins tells JoeBucsFan.com that he’s still undecided returning for the 2016 season.

“Not yet, I’m trying to just take my time and make the right decision. Things like that, usually, you don’t want to rush into,” Mankins said.

Mankins did say that he wants to left the Buccaneers know sooner than later so that they aren’t in a tough position once free agency gets underway.

Right. I want to give them the earliest notice that I can to not put them in a tough situation,” Mankins said. “So, eventually, they’ll be the first ones to know, other than my wife and kids.

Mankins previously said that he planned to take some time to figures things out, so this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise.

“I don’t know,” Mankins said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “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.”

Regarding whether Week 17’s game was his last, Mankins said: “It could. It might not be. I don’t know yet. 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, 32, has two years remaining on his six-year, $51 million contract that includes $30 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $6.75 million for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Mankins appeared in 15 games and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 17 guard out of 82 qualifying players.

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