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Jason Licht praises Mankins' leadership, doesn't rule out Incognito for Buccaneers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was very happy with Logan Mankins and particularly his leadership, but refused to rule out signing Richie Incognito to further bolster the offensive line.

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Trading for Logan Mankins was as much about finding a leader on the offensive line as it was about finding better quality play on the offensive line, if general manager Jason Licht can be believed.

"Logan is a very good player. I'm a first-hand witness of what he means to the locker room, as well," Licht said in a press conference, aired on 620 WDAE. "I was with him for three years, our director of player personnel Jon Robinson has been with him his entire career. His play on the field speaks for itself."

"He's a great person and he's going to be great for this locker room."

At the same time, Light wouldn't rule out signing Richie Incognito to further bolster the offensive line. Mankins has generally played left guard, while Incognito has mainly been a right guard in his career.

It was pretty clear the Bucs had been looking for outside help at guard for quite some time, with Licht noting they'd been talking about adding a guard since the start of training camp. Previous reports had suggested they had been looking at San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone, and obviously they'd shown interest in Richie Incognito, too.