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Nick Mangold “not happy” but will play for $3.3 million

Jets center Nick Mangold decided to show up for training camp even though the Jets declined to give him the new contract he thinks he has earned.

As camp moves along, Mangold has come to terms with the fact that he’ll play out the final year of his contract and make $3.3 million this year. But that doesn’t mean he’s satisfied with his salary of a little over $200,000 a game.

I’m not happy about it, but I accepted that fact,” Mangold told the New York Daily News.

Mangold has started all 64 games for the Jets in his four-year career, and he’s been selected to the last two Pro Bowls. Players who perform at that level while playing on their rookie contracts almost always begin to feel they’re underpaid, so it’s no surprise that Mangold isn’t happy about his contract.

But unlike Darrelle Revis, who has decided that the best course of action is to withhold his services from the Jets if they don’t give him more money, Mangold has decided to play out his contract and test the free agent waters in the uncertain labor environment of 2011.