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Deep Posts: Nick Mangold gets rich

Doug Farrar
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We almost called this one "Deep Posts underthrown by Matt Leinart(notes) last night," but thought better of it. Anyhoo, here's the news...

-- While most folks had their eyes on Rex Ryan in the second episode of "Hard Knocks," the scene that stood out to me above all was the practice shot where New York Jets center Nick Mangold(notes) took nose tackle Kris Jenkins(notes) and wrestled him to the ground. That's not something you see every day -- at 6-foot-4 and 360 pounds, Jenkins is not an easy man to move. The Jets must have been impressed, too -- after extensive negotiations, they've given Mangold a new seven-year, $55 million deal with at least $20 million in guaranteed money, according to The Star-Ledger. Mangold was set to earn $3.3 million in the last year of his rookie deal, but the Jets had the best offensive line in the game last year, and Mangold was the key to it all. Now, about that Revis fellow...

-- It's been confirmed that Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice has had hip surgery, and he could miss up to the first eight games of the 2010 season. Judd Zuglad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Rice sought the opinions of three different specialists in the offseason, and two suggested that he have surgery. Rice held off as long as he could, but you have to wonder why he didn't get this done earlier -- to ensure that he'd see more time. One also wonders how cognizant team management was about the situation; not that it had any other distractions to deal with. So, when the Vikes welcome the Seattle Seahawks to their HomerDome this weekend, their non-un-nonretired quarterback will be without Rice and Percy Harvin(notes) (migraines), his two best receivers.

-- Word is that first overall pick Sam Bradford will start his first NFL game when the St. Louis Rams take on the New England Patriots this Thursday. The good news for Bradford is that the Pats don't have much of a pass rush -- the bad news is that it might not matter with his offensive line. After four sacks in his preseason debut, Bradford went 6-of-14 in a win against the Browns. The problem might be rooted in Bradford's reaction to center Jason Brown's rear end, but we'd rather not go there.

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