Florham Park, NJ – The Jets announced today that All-Pro center Nick Mangold has signed a contract extension that will make him a member of the Jets for the next seven years. Mangold signed the contract around the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday,a deal which will make him the highest paid center in the league. The contract is rumored to be worth $55 million dollars.
“It wasn’t a sticking point,” Mangold said about being made the highest paid center in the league. “But very excited the Jets decided to go down that route.”
Mangold, who had no comment on Monday afternoon about the new deal, was held out of the second half of practice on Tuesday with his deal pending. Head coach Rex Ryan told the media that it was a precaution with the center’s deal still awaiting a signature.
“I didn’t want him to step in a hole,” Ryan joked, who took responsibility for the decision to hold Sanchez out of practice.
According to Mangold, Jets’ management and team owner Woody Johnson approached him two weeks ago about a new contract. Mangold, who was entering the final year of his rookie contract, stated during mini-camp that he had never wanted to hold out from training camp. He wouldn’t say it was a reward for his attitude and simply said that the choice to come to training camp was a “football decision.”
“He’s the best,” Sanchez said on Mangold. “He’s [now] going to be compensated that way.”
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