Nick Mangold got the big deal he was looking for and a new label that might make Darrelle Revis envious.
The New York Jets’ two-time Pro Bowl center became the highest-paid player at his position Tuesday, signing a seven-year deal with the New York 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 over $22 million in guarantees against injury, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team did not announce details of the deal.
“Signed, sealed and delivered,” a smiling Mangold said.
The All-Pro center 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 was worth $37.5 million, including $20 million guaranteed.
n Mark Sanchez is bracing himself for the rest of his career.
The Jets quarterback will wear a protective brace on his surgically repaired left knee “probably forever” to guard against future injuries after a scare in the preseason game against Carolina last Saturday.
n New York claimed wide receiver Brooks Foster off waivers from the St. Louis Rams, and signed free agent safety Keith Fitzhugh.
SEAHAWKS — Sixth-overall draft pick Russell Okung has a high right ankle sprain, putting the key position of left tackle in flux for Seattle heading into the regular season.
Coach Pete Carroll announced after Tuesday’s practice that he is holding out hope the replacement for retired All-Pro Walter Jones can play in the Sept. 12 opener against San Francisco. But the Seahawks are pushing ahead with backup plans of having either Mansfield Wrotto, a backup guard, or recuperating Chester Pitts protect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s blind side to begin the season.
Wrotto will start Saturday’s third preseason game at Minnesota.
RAMS — Sam Bradford has St. Louis’ starting quarterback job this week. Now he’s got to produce.
The top pick of the draft gets his first pro start in place of veteran A.J. Feeley, sidelined with a sprained right thumb, but with no guarantees beyond Thursday night’s game at New England. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said after practice Tuesday that he expected Bradford to play at least the first half, and maybe more depending on how much time the Rams have the ball.
RAVENS — Though Baltimore injured rookie outside linebacker Sergio Kindle will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, he hasn’t been ruled out for the season, according to coach John Harbaugh.
Kindle is expected to be in Baltimore next week for two to three days of neurological and other physical exams after fracturing his skull during a fall down two flights of stairs in late July.
STEELERS — Former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher says it was hard to get through to Ben Roethlisberger after the quarterback had so much success early in his career.
Yet Cowher 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.
VIKINGS — Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice could miss the first half of the Vikings’ season — or more — after having hip surgery.
Coach Brad Childress said it was hard to give a specific timetable for Rice’s return, but he said typically it takes about eight weeks before a player can get back to football.
TEXANS — Houston rookie kick returner Trindon Holliday is gone for the season.
Coach Gary Kubiak says Holliday will have surgery today on his broken left thumb.
REDSKINS — Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb will miss Friday’s game against the New York Jets because of a sprained left ankle.
PANTHERS — Carolina quarterback 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 through his rookie season.
BRONCOS — Denver juggled its linebacking lineup, releasing nine-year veteran Akin Ayodele and moving Mario Haggan back inside.
BILLS — Buffalo signed undrafted rookie free agent Andrew George to address its depleted tight end position.
BENGALS — The NFL fined wide receiver Chad Ochocinco $25,000 for the timing of his tweets.
CABLE DEAL — Cox is making the NFL RedZone service available to its cable customers.
The nation’s third-largest cable company said Tuesday that it was also renewing its contract to carry the NFL Network. RedZone shows key plays of each game live during Sunday afternoons.