The deal was completed late Friday night and, although the terms of the deal were not released, is believed to be worth more than $25 million, with a $9.5 million signing bonus. Mawae's agent Mark Bartlestein told the New York Post that the deal is heavily front-loaded, making him "the highest paid interior offensive lineman for the next three or four years." Mawae will average about $4 million a year throughout the contract, but will make more than $4.6 million in the first few years.
I'm glad we got that done," said Mawae. "I'm happy that I'll be able to retire as a New York Jet."
Credit the Jets Management for doing a fantastic job this offseason in locking up their key players long term. Last week the team extended the contracts of RB Curtis Martin and WR Wayne Chrebet. Mawae would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.