Nick Mangold was the best center in the NFL for many of the 11 seasons he spent with the New York Jets they drafted him in 2006.
After the team released him Saturday he will be a coveted free agent for contending NFL teams in need of a center. After Mangold announced his release on Twitter, NFL.com reporter Ian Rappaport Tweeted Mangold wasn’t retiring, and would entertain offers.
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The Alter grad told reporters last week he wasn’t contemplating retirement. The Jets released him Saturday due to his salary and a tight salary cap.
Mangold missed half of the 2016 season, but would be a boon to teams in need of a center. According to Pro Football Focus, Mangold hasn’t allowed a sack in his last 33 games. During his career, the website has ranked him the best center in the league five times and No. 2 once. If his career ended today, he would be a solid bet for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.