FLORHAM PARK, N.Y.- At 3:30 p.m. EST Jets center became the highest paid center in the NFL as well as securing his role on the New York Jets for some time. He is set to earn $7.5 million a season, surpassing Ram’s OL Jason Brown’s record which was set last year.

“I could not be more excited to have it done and be here as long as I could imagine,” said the two-time Pro Bowl center.

Jets center Nick Mangold is the NFL’s highest paid center after signing a 7-year, $55 million contract extension Tuesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of JetsInsider.com).

Only the $4 million signing bonus is guaranteed, but there is roughly $22 million in guarantees against injuries, with the potential to earn over $25 million in the first three years. Mangold reiterated that being the highest paid center in the NFL was not the selling point of the contract.

“It came out of nowhere, it went by really fast and here we are,” Mangold said after signing the deal. “It’ll take a couple of days to sink in.”

The 26-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and came to camp with the hopes of getting a new deal done. However with Darrelle Revis taking precedence with the team and the media, Mangold put his own needs aside and went to work with the rest of his teammates. On an offensive line that will have to fill a very large hole in place of the departed Alan Faneca, Mangold knew the importance of him being there for his teammates.

“It was really important [to come to camp],” said Mangold. “The offensive line is a very cohesive unit that needs work to be cohesive. If I wasn’t here, we’d have a hard time with that gelling.”

Mangold was not at practice today, thanks to Rex Ryan erring to the side of caution with his newly paid center. “I didn’t  want to get hurt. [I said] ‘no stepping in a hole, you’re getting ready to sign’. It’s a big contract so that was my decision to keep him out of practice.

Mangold on if he were to get injured: “I’d have to shoot myself.”

He is just the second of the “core four” to be signed after D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s six-year $60 million extension. The Darrelle Revis hold out has reached 23 days and despite reports by Tim Cowlishaw that a deal will be done soon, but there are no indications that a meeting will be set-up between the Jets and Revis’s people this week.

The fourth memeber is inside linebacker David Harris, who like Mangold, is also in the final year of his rookie contract. However both sides have agreed to start negotiations after the season is over.

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