Mawae was reluctant to take a paycut from the $4.5 million he is scheduled to make in 2006, and this is a contributing factor to his pending release.
By cutting Mawae, the Jets will save $1.1 million against the 2006 salary cap. A potential replacement for Mawae at center is Pete Kendall, who filled in for the All-Pro when he hurt his arm late last season.
Kendall will likely be asked to take a paycut, something he seems more willing to do than Mawae.
The leading candidate to secure Mawae's services following his release are the Philadelphia Eagles.