Nick Mangold got the big deal he was looking for and a new label that might make Darrelle Revis envious.
The two-time Pro Bowl center became the highest-paid player at his position yesterday, signing a seven-year deal with the Jets that could be worth up to $55 million.
“To be able to say, ‘the highest-paid center’ is very nice to hear,’’ Mangold said. “It worked out well for both sides.’’
The deal includes more than $22 million in guarantees against injury, a person with knowledge of the contract said. The person requested anonymity because the team did not announce details of the deal.
“Signed, sealed, and delivered,’’ a smiling Mangold said.
Mangold was scheduled to earn $3.3 million in the final year of his five-year rookie deal. The contract surpasses the one inked last year by St. Louis center Jason Brown, whose five-year contract is worth $37.5 million, including $20 million guaranteed.
“It wasn’t a sticking point and I’m fortunate the Jets decided to go that route,’’ Mangold said of being the league’s highest-paid center. “I’m appreciative and excited to have that. I’m sure next year some young gun will come along and blow me out of the water anyway, and that’s A-OK in my book.’’
Meanwhile, Revis missed his 24th day since the team reported for training camp while in a bitter contract dispute. He wants to become the league’s highest-paid cornerback, a distinction that belongs to Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million extension last offseason.
“That’s on some other people,’’ Mangold said of Revis’s situation. “I’m not getting involved in that one.’’
The Jets claimed receiver Brooks Foster off waivers from the Rams, and signed free agent safety Keith Fitzhugh. They waived receiver Vic Hall and offensive tackle Adam Tadisch.
Rice has surgery
will have to play the first half of the season — or more — without Pro Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice
, who had hip surgery Monday.
Coach Brad Childress said Rice had the procedure in Vail, Colo., Monday night. He couldn’t give a specific timetable for Rice’s return, but he said typically it takes about eight weeks before a player can even get back to practice, let alone game action.
“I would think it will take probably at least eight weeks before we’re talking about doing anything,’’ Childress said.
It’s a huge blow for the Vikings, who have very little depth at receiver. Percy Harvin has struggled with migraines during the preseason, and the team signed veteran Javon Walker yesterday to help out.
After catching just 45 passes during an injury-plagued first two seasons in Minnesota, Rice emerged as Brett Favre’s go-to guy last season with 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight TDs. He earned his first Pro Bowl bid, though he was injured in the playoffs and did not play again.
McNabb to miss game
A sprained ankle will keep quarterback Donovan McNabb
on the sideline Friday night when the Redskins play the Jets. McNabb has been unable to practice since getting hurt in Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Ravens. “It’s quite sore,’’ coach Mike Shanahan
said, “and I don’t think he could go if it was a regular-season game. He’s got to rehab it.’’ . . . Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez
said he will wear a brace on his surgically repaired left knee “probably forever’’ to guard against future injuries. Sanchez, who first sported the bulky brace at practice Monday, said he will wear it during all games and practices. The second-year QB says coach Rex Ryan
told him to wear it after a scare in Saturday’s preseason game at Carolina when a Panther almost rolled into his knee . . . Keith Bulluck
may not play middle linebacker for the Giants after all. Bulluck appeared to be penciled in there after signing with New York in late July as a free agent. The theory was that the veteran coming off ACL surgery would have no problem moving from the outside linebacker spot where he played 10 seasons in Tennessee to the middle with the Giants, where he would replace Antonio Pierce
. But the Giants are experimenting with Bulluck as an outside backer and leaving the middle to third-year pro Jonathan Goff
Okung has ankle sprain
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll
says sixth-overall draft pick Russell Okung
has a high right ankle sprain, putting the key position of left tackle in flux heading into the regular season. Carroll said after practice that he is hoping the replacement for retired All-Pro Walter Jones
can play in the Sept. 12 opener against San Francisco. But the Seahawks are pushing a Plan B of either Mansfield Wrotto
or recuperating Chester Pitts
protecting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s
blind side to begin the season . . . Texans rookie kick returner Trindon Holliday
will have surgery today on his broken left thumb and will miss the season . . . Panthers backup QB Jimmy Clausen
returned to practice after missing a day with a sore right big toe, an ailment the former Notre Dame star expects to linger throughout his rookie season . . . The Broncos have juggled their linebacking lineup, releasing nine-year veteran Akin Ayodele
and moving Mario Haggan
back inside. Jarvis Moss
will replace Haggan at outside linebacker . . . The Buccaneers re-signed rookie free agent Jevan Snead
after losing starting quarterback Josh Freeman
for the rest of the preseason with a broken thumb.
Cowher on Roethlisberger
coach Bill Cowher
said it was hard to get through to Ben Roethlisberger
after the quarterback had so much success early in his career. Yet Cowher said he believes the sexual assault investigation that led to a six-game suspension for Roethlisberger was a “slap in the face’’ that has led to some much-needed maturity . . . The NFL’s finance committee unanimously recommended approval of Missouri billionaire Stan Kroenke’s
bid to take full control of the Rams . . . CBS
executive vice president John Bogusz
said ad sales for NFL games on the network have recovered so strongly that CBS is on pace to bring in record revenue this season . . . Cox is making the NFL RedZone service available to its cable customers. The nation’s third-largest cable company said it was also renewing its contract to carry the NFL Network.
Ochocinco draws fine
The NFL fined Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco
$25,000 for the timing of his tweets. The league said Ochocinco’s messages appeared on his Twitter page during a prohibited time during the Bengals-Eagles preseason game Friday night . . . Bills
coach Chan Gailey
marched over to a group of teenagers in the stands heckling his team, specifically QB Trent Edwards
, and said, “If you dog one of us, you dog all of us.’’ The coach also said he’d instructed his players to skip that section of the stands for signing autographs on the final day of camp in Pittsford, N.Y. . . . The Bills signed undrafted rookie free agent Andrew George
to address their depleted tight end position. The 6-foot-5-inch George had a career-best 30 catches for 408 yards and five touchdowns at Brigham Young last year . . . The Rams signed undrafted free agent receiver Danario Alexander
, who played at Missouri . . . Falcons coach Mike Smith
hopes cornerback Brian Williams
(knee) will be healthy enough to play this week at Miami.
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