Nick Mangold has been released by the Jets following his 11 year run with the team. The 33 year old announced on Saturday through Twitter that they would be parting ways.
He described it as a sad day and thanked the team and the fans for a “fantastic 11 years”
— Nick Mangold (@nickmangold) February 25, 2017
Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke about the teams decision to release Mangold who has been a staple of the offensive line for the past decade plus.
“For the past 11 years, [Mangold] has been a cornerstone of our team both on and off the field. As our Pro Bowl center, Nick consistently demonstrated superior skill and unmatched toughness. Equally important, off the field, Nick exhibited respect, sensitivity and compassion for the causes he supported. It has been a privilege to have known Nick these many years and, for all of us, I say Nick will always be a Jet.”
Mangold missed extended action last season due to an ankle injury and with the Jets trying to rebuild the roster, releasing him always seemed to be highly likely on the cards this offseason. Cutting Mangold sheds $9.075 million for 2017 in cap space before the start of free agency on March 9th.
Wesley Johnson is projected to be the new starting center for the Jets as he replaced Mangold starting in eight games last season. Despite being 33 years old and suffering injury last season, Mangold is not expected to retire from the game and given his solid consistency for the best part of a decade, there is a good chance a team will scoop him up to upgrade the center position.
After such a long time with the Jets it will be interesting to see where Mangold will be playing his football next season.