As first reported by Jenny Vrentas and Dave Hutchinson of the Star-Ledger last night, the Jets have agreed to a deal with Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold worth a maximum of $55 million over seven years.
And somewhere Logan Mankins (who’s been in the area recently) has to have more affection for his team’s archrival than he ever has.
Seeing the structure and guarantees is important before assessing any deal (My guess is that this one is like D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s, with the big guarantees coming post-lockout), but now the Patriots Pro Bowl guard and his reps now can say that Jahri Evans contract was no aberration. Simple math tells you that the going rate for interior linemen, based of the contracts for Evans and Mangold, is around $8 million per.
We’ve reported that the Patriots offered an extension off Mankins’ original RFA tender, worth $3.268 million, that would take the guard another five years (through 2015) and add about $7 million per year in new money for each new season on the deal. But all that’s on the table now is the RFA tender, which was reduced to $1.54 million in June. That extension offer? Off the table now.
Once the structure of Mangold’s deal comes in, we’ll have a better idea of how all these things fall in a line. But the truth is that the situation between Mankins and the Patriots isn’t simply a money thing now, and that fence-mending needs to take place on both sides for something to get worked out. Maybe after that happens, though, the Mangold deal will provide some sort of framework to go off of.