Mawae release a lock

The Jets will release five-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae in the coming days.

While the move hasn't officially been made yet, it's a foregone conclusion, according to a source close to Mawae.

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.

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