The New York Jets are in rebuild mode, and today they cut 7 time pro bowl and 11 year veteran center Nick Mangold.
Mangold who was drafted with pick 29 in the 2006 NFL draft has anchored the Jets offensive line for the past 11 years.
Mangold took to twitter and said “As will be announced by the team shortly, my time as a New York Jet has come to an end.”
This past season Mangold had missed 8 games with an ankle injury. Over his career when he was healthy Mangold had started in 164 games.
Mangold’s salary this upcoming season was going to be $9.075 million against the salary cap. By releasing him the Jets were able to save all of that money.
Mangold went on to say “While this is a sad day to leave so many great coaches, teammates and executives, I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me. My family and I will always be grateful to Mr. Johnson and the entire organization for making me a Jet.
“I truly want to thank the fans for their amazing support over the past 11 years. It meant a lot to see all the #74 jerseys in the crowd every Sunday. Thank you for a fantastic 11 years!”
The veteran now becomes a free agent and is free to sign with any team he chooses, but he may just retire.