Ohio State/Alter grad/NFL star Nick Mangold looks to the future

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets waits to be introduced against the Indianapolis Colts before their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets waits to be introduced against the Indianapolis Colts before their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nick Mangold might be ready for the NFL season to be over but not his time with the New York Jets.

The stalwart center from Ohio State who was also a standout at Alter told reporters this week he hasn’t contemplated retirement or the possibility he could be released by the Jets to save money in the offseason.

"Shoot, I love football. I miss it dearly," Mangold said (via the New York Daily News). "So I'm planning on playing."

A day-one starter for the Jets since he was a first-round pick in 2006, Mangold had played at least 14 games every season until this year, when a knee injury slowed him early and lower leg issues caused him to go on injured reserve Dec. 8.

He’s due to make $6.1 million next season, but the team could release him to save money.

“I want to keep playing football, and I want to do it here,” he said. “When that time comes, we’ll talk about it.”