Mangold centre of attention after lucrative Jets deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Center Nick Mangold signed a seven-year contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday that will make him the NFL's highest paid player at the position.

The two-time Pro Bowler could earn $55 million over the length of the deal which includes a guaranteed $22.5 million, local media reported.

The contract surpasses the five-year $37.5 million deal signed by the St. Louis Rams' Jason Brown last year.

"Fantastic," Mangold said on the team's website ( "I could not be more excited to have that done, to be here as long as I can imagine.

"To be able to say, 'the highest-paid center' is very nice," added Mangold, who was selected in the first round of the 2006 draft by the Jets with the 29th overall pick.

(Editing by Ian Ransom)