Two Key Patriots Starters Did Not Report Mandatory Minicamp

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The New England Patriots commenced their mandatory minicamp on Monday with the notable absences of two key players, Defensive Tackle Lawrence Guy and Offensive Tackle Trent Brown.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Lawrence Guy’s absence is believed to be contract-related, suggesting a holdout situation.

The veteran defensive tackle, who is currently signed through 2024, has a base salary of $2 million for this year and the following season. Guy has been an integral part of the Patriots’ defensive unit for the past six seasons, starting in 91 out of 93 regular-season games he has played for the team.

During his tenure, he has amassed an impressive record of 341 tackles, 10.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and four fumble recoveries.

His consistent performance and leadership on and off the field earned him the recognition of being voted onto the Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team, as well as being named team captain in 2020 and winning the Community Service Award in 2021.

While Lawrence Guy’s absence appears to be a contractual matter, Offensive Tackle Trent Brown’s situation was more straightforward.

Masslive’s Mark Daniels reported that Brown did not report to the Patriots’ facility due to travel issues, Brown’s flight had been canceled as a result of a massive hail storm in Texas.

Trent Brown, known for his imposing stature and exceptional pass-blocking skills, played in all 17 games for the Patriots last season and 26 overall since returning to the team in 2021.

Although Guy’s holdout raises questions about his future with the Patriots, it is not uncommon for contract negotiations to occur during this time of the offseason.

The team and Guy’s representatives will likely engage in discussions to resolve the contract situation and ensure his return to the field in due time.