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Mangold: Round up the Bells

Jets center Nick Mangold, left, says Mark Sanchez's

Jets center Nick Mangold, left, says Mark Sanchez's improvement has been gradual, like the "turning of a screw." Photo Credit: David Pokress

Nick Mangold flew across the country to the NFL Network's Los Angeles studios today and delivered some news that certainly had to be music to Jets' fans ears.

The Pro Bowl center won't be staging a holdout and said he'll be at training camp in Cortland when the players are due to report Aug. 1. 

"No, I thought about it for a while," Mangold said during a sitdown interview when asked if he planned on staying away from camp. "We've looked at every angle and there's no point for me as a person -- it's something that I signed up to do. I want to be there for my teammates. I've got a battle going on on my left side. I should probably be there to help out.

"There's no reason not to be there. It doesn't seem that it would do me any good to do it. So I'll be there with bells on."

Mangold is due to pocket a base salary of $3.3 million in the final year of his original five-year deal he signed as a rookie. He, like two other members of the Jets' version of the "Core Four" -- cornerback Darrelle Revis and linebacker David Harris -- is seeking a new deal and some financial security. Left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, the core group's other member, recently inked a six-year, $60-million extension.  

Mangold remains upset with the pace of negotiations.

"It's just disappointing now where we're at," Mangold said. "But it's one of those things you go through. I'm a professional. I've done everything the right way and I'm going to continue to do that, you know, be there for my teammates and coaches. And we'll see how it all plays out."

Asked specifically what's disappointing, Mangold said: "Just the fact that I've done the best that I could since the Jets gave me the opportunity and drafted me. And now here I am going into the final year of my contract where anything can happen. And I can go for a couple of more years on a contract and it's disappointing not having those years."

Now that Mangold made it clear he'll be on board at the camp's outset, the focus shifts squarely back on Revis. The next move is the All-Pro's to make, and it will be interesting to see if he decides to jeopardize the $20 million he's guaranteed on 2011 and '12. That's because if Revis misses a mandatory function (ie: training camp), his contract is no longer guaranteed.   


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