One of the NFL’s longest tenures with a single team is coming to an end.
Nick Mangold announced his release from the Jets through Twitter on Saturday, ending a 11-year career in New York for the center.
During his time with the Jets, Mangold made seven Pro Bowls and received two first-team All-Pro selections. He was taken 29th overall in the 2006 draft following a three-year career as a starter at Ohio State.
— Nick Mangold (@nickmangold) February 25, 2017
Mangold’s release is a purely financial move for the Jets, as cutting ties with him leaves no dead money and clears $9.075 million in salary cap space. The Jets also have an in-house replacement for him in 26-year-old Wesley Johnson.
NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport reports that Mangold is not retiring and he should have no trouble finding interest from other teams.
Nick Mangold hasn't given up a sack in his last 33 games. The best center of the past decade. https://t.co/yJ8wu988ff
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) February 25, 2017