Nick Mangold understands exactly what Darrelle Revis is going through.
That's because Mangold is engulfed in his own contract situation. The Pro Bowl center, who's entering the final season of his five-year rookie contract, is looking for a new deal just like Revis.
He didn't exactly rule out staging a holdout if things don't start progressing.
"We decided it would behoove us to be at OTA’s, but as each little step goes along, we make decisions based on what’s going on," Mangold said. "When the time comes, we’ll make another decision and we’ll keep going. … I’d say it’s week-to-week."
Mangold said he speaks about two times per week with his agent.
"We discuss things," he said. "We discuss philosophy on different ways of going about contract stuff and we also discuss my wants and desires and how to protect them. It’s an ongoing process. We try to look at the league and the team and things going on around us."
Asked if there are any negotiations currently taking place, Mangold said: "No. There’s been talking, but I wouldn’t say hard-core negotiations."
Of course, Mangold could chose to follow suit with Revis and skip a voluntary OTA session. Since OTAs aren't mandatory, players aren't subject to a fine.
"When you look at it, you show that you have no problem missing time," Mangold said. "It’s still voluntary. There’s no impact on it. I wouldn’t say it’s a warning shot, but a flash of morse code to say that we’re aware what’s going on and we want to make sure you know we’re aware of what’s going on."
But players like Mangold have to think long and hard about sitting out minicamp and training camp. Players can be fined $9,442 a day for missing mandatory minicamp, a number that balloons to $16,523 per day for missing training camp.
So as for a potential training camp holdout, Mangold said: "You have to look at the pros and cons of dropping $16,000 a day and realistically whether it would change anything. All things, you have to judge the best you can. You hope you make the best, informed decision you can."
Added Mangold: "With the short amount of time you have in this league, you have to do what’s best for your family."