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Mangold on Contract: “I’m not happy about it, but I accepted that fact.”

While one Jet is making all of the headlines for not being at training camp because he wants a new deal, another is doing all the right things despite being upset about his contract.

Mangold, who is scheduled to earn $3.3 million in the final year of his five-year rookie contract, is one of a few core young players looking for an extension. However, Mangold is resigned to the reality that he won’t get a new deal until after the season. Contract talks have been tabled due to the uncertain labor landscape.

“I’m not happy about it, but I accepted that fact,” Mangold told the Daily News.

Despite the stalled contract talks, Mangold told The News that he decided “a couple days after minicamp” in mid-May that he wasn’t going to hold out of training camp. His decision, in part, was motivated by a desire to help second-year pro Matt Slauson and rookie Vlad Ducasse in their competition for the vacant starting left guard spot.

“When those two guys are battling, they need all the help they can get,” Mangold said.

“As a team, we’re only as good as our weakest link. There’s no reason we should have a weak link at offensive line.”

Although centers typically don’t get their just due, there’s little doubt that Mangold is the engine that drives one of the league’s best offensive lines. Whether it’s guiding Sanchez or mauling would-be tacklers, the fifth-year pro plays an important role on every offensive play.

“Without him, it’d be chaos up there,” right tackle Damien Woody said. “He gets things going. He has a lot on his plate.”

Although Sanchez has taken more responsibility in his second season and will likely ask Mangold fewer questions, the center will remain a safety valve and sounding board. Mangold’s inherent ability to convey last-second decisions to his teammates in a calm, direct manner simply adds to his importance on a team built to win now.

“He makes it seem so easy … and it’s so difficult,” offensive line coach Bill Callahan said. “He can take the complicated and scale it down and help all his partners around him.”

Mangold grew into his leadership role by being around veteran Alan Faneca for the past two seasons. Faneca was cut by the Jets in April and is now with the Arizona Cardinals.

Now Mangold is “ready to take that baton and run with it,” Woody said.

“He doesn’t get rattled,” Callahan said. “It’s a poise I haven’t seen on the field out of a player.”

Nobody knows that better than his quarterback.

“He’s the calmest guy you could ever imagine,” Sanchez said. “When the crowd’s loud and when everybody’s going at 100 mph, Nick’s the same. It’s pretty special.”

This is exactly what you want to see from one of your franchise players.

You may not be happy, but you still go out and your job because that’s what’s best for the team.

Mangold knows this and is showing why he is one of the leaders on this team. He will get paid, he knows that, he will just have to wait a little longer than he hoped. But he is ok with that, because he wants to win and is putting that ahead of everything else.

It’s a lesson that a certain someone would be wise to emulate instead of alienating himself from his teammates and fans by staging a holdout.

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One Response to “Mangold on Contract: “I’m not happy about it, but I accepted that fact.””

  1. MikeCop says:

    Yea right….why don’t you ask Leon if he got paid after breaking his leg without a contract extension in tow? Mangold’s a great player and I hope that he doesn’t sustain a career ending injury….because he’ll be out of luck.

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