Mangold deal close Dan Leberfeld

The Jets are close to signing center Nick Mangold to a long-term deal. The announcement was made by David Hutchinson and Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

“The Jets and the All-Pro center are closing in on a long-term contract extension that could be announced as early as tomorrow or Tuesday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations,” wrote Hutchinson and Vrentas. “That person requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the team or Mangold.Terms of the deal are still being finalized, but it is expected to be a mega-deal topping the five-year, $37.5 million contract St. Louis’ Jason Brown — the league’s highest-paid center — signed last year.”