The New York Jets have announced they will release Pro Bowl Center Nick Mangold after 10 seasons. As a Jets fan, I hate to see Nick go but it may be the best time. Nick Mangold is entering his 11th seasons, his ankle injury seems to be more severe than initially stated, and he frees up $9 million in cap space.
Nick posted a letter to the fans.
Todd Bowles and Woody Johnson also released statements.
“A great person, a great player. You could always count on Nick’s smarts, consistency and poise,” said head coach Todd Bowles. “Nick’s knowledge of the game and ability to quickly process information made him an invaluable resource to his teammates. He will always mean a lot to everyone in this organization.”
“For the past 11 years, Nick Mangold has been a cornerstone of our team both on and off the field,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “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.”
Farwell Nick, #74