Perhaps The Steelers Should Trade For Logan Mankins?

Chad SmithContributor IAugust 24, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots and Ed Reed #20 of  the Baltimore Ravens get in each others face during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tired.........tired of hearing and reading how the Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line is sub-par or down right awful.  I thought I would offer this food for thought on a possible upgrade for the Black & Gold.

As you may be aware, Logan Mankins, is in a stalemate with the New England front office and is prepared to sit out the entire year because of a contract dispute.  It is reported that Mankins wants:

"In an interview with's Mike Reiss in June, Mankins said "I want to be traded. I don't need to be here any more."

According to reports, Mankins is seeking a contract similar to the Saints' Jahri Evans, who received a seven-year, $56.7 million contract this off-season."

The Patriots have bulked at this and seem willing to move on without Mankins.  This week they signed Quinn Ojinnaka to take his place so I don't see this getting resolved without an intervention from another team (AKA-Pittsburgh Steelers). 

It has been said by many that Trai Essex is the weakest link on the Steelers Line so why not do something about it?  A possible trade for Mankins could really help Pittsburgh with their pass & run blocking.  Imagine this Offensive Line and tell me if they would still be considered weak?

LT-MAX STARKS-has been a solid starter for years

LG-LOGAN MANKINS-solid and reliable

C-MAURKICE POUNCEY-rookie sensation

RG-CHRIS KEMOEATU- inconsistent but improving

RT-FLOZELL ADAMS-needs a little time to adjust to the right side but I think he will get it.

With the money freed up by the release of Essex & Hartwig the Steelers should have no problem getting into the ball park of what Mankins wants for a contract.

I will let you all be the judge though.