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Jets center Nick Mangold stretches during mini camp

Jets center Nick Mangold stretches during mini camp at the team's practice facility. (June 15, 2010) Photo Credit: Joe Epstein

Center Nick Mangold wouldn’t confirm or deny reports that he and the Jets are close to a deal that would make him the highest paid center in the league.

Though he is scheduled to earn $3.3 million in the final year of his five-year rookie deal, it's been reported the center will likely get a contract comparable to that of Rams center Jason Brown, who inked a five-year, $37.5 million deal last year.

As always, Mangold -- who said he was advised by his agents not to discuss the situation with the media -- was playful and humorous. But the 6-4, 307-pound center didn’t give any insight into the contract negotiations.

“I’m not talking contract,” he said at the team’s Florham Park facility after practice. “Been advised not to. Anything else football, I’d love to talk. You can fire away, but I’m stone-faced. …I will let you know when I can’t be and we’ll have a big party.”

Unlike CB Darrelle Revis, whose training camp holdout has entered Week 3, Mangold said he just couldn’t be away from his teammates and the game of football – no matter how badly he wanted financial security.

“We weighed every option, like we did with everything else and decided that it’s in the best interest of me to show up," he said. "I could probably use the work, I know there’s a left guard battle going on that hopefully I can lend a helping hand. I don’t know if I can or not. That’s for someone higher above me to determine. But it didn’t fit my personally. It’s not me, it’s not who I am. And it’s not what I do.”

He added: “It was really important (for me to be at camp). For myself personally, it’s good to be in here with the coaches and the guys on the line because the offensive line is very cohesive unit that needs work to be cohesive, and if I wasn’t here, we’d have a hard time with that jelling process.”

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