Reports have been swirling that the New York Jets are close to extending the contract of their All Pro center Nick Mangold.

JetsInsider source Tony Pauline of and NFL Draft analyst for has confirmed to us that an agreement could be reached by the end of today.  Sources intimate with the negotiation have told Pauline it will be a six year extension, or a seven year contract in total as Mangold has one year left on his deal.  The total contract is expected to be in the range $55 million with $23 million guaranteed.

It was a little more than one month ago, immediately after the Jets had renegotiated the contract of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, that Pauline had reported that a contract extension for Mangold was not in the offing, a story picked up by the New York media just ten days ago.  So what changed?

Sources have told Pauline the Jets inability to renegotiate the contract of Darrelle Revis made the team switch course and concentrate on Mangold.  The source said at this point the Jets don’t feel they will have an agreement with Revis anytime soon.  The team offered Revis a contract of $12 million per year, inclusive of the final two years on his contract, worth $20 million, but the Revis camp is demanding $16 million per year.
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