5× Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
3× All-Pro (2009, 2010, 2011)
In 2010, Mangold signed a seven-year deal with the New York Jets which could be worth up to $55 million. The contract has over $22 million in guarantees against injury.
“Signed, sealed and delivered,” – Mangold
Mangold was a first-round pick out of Ohio State in 2006, and became one of the best at his position.
He was the highest paid center in the NFL with this signing, and the highest paid Jet.
“To be able to say, ‘the highest-paid center’ is very nice to hear,” Mangold said. “It worked out well for both sides.”
“It wasn’t a sticking point and I’m very fortunate that the Jets decided to go that route, I’m very appreciative and excited to have that. I’m sure next year some young gun will come along and blow me out of the water anyway, and that’s A-OK in my book.”
Mangold had reported for training camp at the time, instead of holding out like REVIS did, despite the lack of progress on the contract negotiations.
The contract keeps Mangold with the Jets through the 2017 season.
But is he now over paid and in fact, overrated?
As good a player as he may be, Mangold does not statistically match up to Kevin Mawae’s numbers when he was cut.
Is Mangold an injury away from free agency himself?
Pete Prisco published his annual list of who he thinks is every NFL team’s most overrated and underrated players.
“Jets-wise, Prisco has center Nick Mangold as most overrated, and defensive tackle Damon Harrison as most underrated.”
The question with Prisco’s analysis is that there isn’t much analysis. His entire take on Mangold reads as follows:
New York Jets
Overrated: C Nick Mangold – He didn’t have the type of season we expect from Mangold. Is it a one-year thing? Or a trend?
8/23/2010: Signed an eight-year, $57.4 million contract.
The deal contains $25 million guaranteed — $22.5 million of which is guaranteed for injury — including a $6.373 million signing bonus and a second-year option bonus of $9.725 million.
An annual $500,000 workout bonus is available in years four through eight. Mangold was paid a $3 million roster bonus and additional $3 million “signing” bonus in the 2013 offseason.
2014: $2.97 million (+ $650,000 reporting bonus),
2015: $4.8 million (+ $2 million reporting bonus),
2016: $5.6 million (+ $2.4 million reporting bonus),
2017: $6.075 million (+ $2.4 million reporting bonus),
2018: Free Agent
What does that lack of analysis mean?
Mangold continues to do his job but so was Kevin Mawae; in fact Mawae was coming off consecutive pro-bowl seasons when he was inexplicably cut (UFA) by the Jets after suffering a 2005 triceps injury, halting his consecutive career starts at 177.
“This was not a salary cap issue” and Mawae was completely healed following rehab. Regardless, The JETS cut Mawae and drafted Mangold in May of 2006.
Mawae was clearly let go too soon… as he went on to two additional pro-bowl’s with the Titans.
* 8× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)
* 8× All-Pro (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008)
* Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award (1998)
* Marty Lyons Award (2005)
* Ed Block Courage Award (2009)
* NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
* New York Jets All-Time Four Decade Team
*LSU Athletic Hall of Fame
By this accounting Nick Mangold will be cut by General manager John Idzik in 2015.
Mawae was one of the top centers of recent times, having been selected for the Pro Bowl on eight (six consecutive) occasions (1999–2004), and was an eight-time All-Pro. He also served two terms as NFLPA president, which coincided with the 2011 NFL lockout.
Titans Mawae Bio
If you happen to see Nick Mangold looking nervous this year, and especially in May 2015, you’ll understand as he may receive the “Mawae treatment” by John Idzik.