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Next up: Nick Mangold

Center Nick Mangold asks reporters if they have

Center Nick Mangold asks reporters if they have any questions for him that aren't about Brett Farve's reported retirement during Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 3, 2010) Credit: Pat Orr

The Jets are about to lock up Nick Mangold.

The Pro Bowl center, according to a source, is close to a contract extension that should make him the highest-paid player at his position. Mangold is due to pocket a base salary of $3.3 million this season in the final year of the original five-year deal he signed as a rookie.

St Louis' Jason Davis set the benchmark last season when he signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal.

What Mangold's soon-to-be extension means for the Darrelle Revis negotiations is unclear. It could be a message, perhaps, to send to the fans as well as Revis' camp that the Jets are really trying to take care of their young core and Woody Johnson isn't sitting on his wallet.

Revis, as you know, isn't happy with his base salary of $1 million this season and is holding out until the Jets make him the highest-paid cornerback, topping Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha $15.1 million.

Mangold's extension, which is expected to be completed sometime this week, would come some seven weeks after the Jets inked D'Brickashaw Ferguson to a six-year, $60-million extension, making the left tackle the first of the so-called "Cour Four" to strike a new deal.

Linebacker David Harris is the fourth member of the group and also wants a new contract. But he hasn't made any noise about it, preferring to stay non-controversial on the subject, as is his normal, quiet way. 

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