The idea of the Giants have some interest in Mangold was first mentioned by former OL Willie Colon, who said a few weeks ago on ESPN radio that there were “rumbles” of teams having interest in Mangold.
One report said that NFL teams that have expressed interest so far in Mangold have asked if him if he’s willing to move to guard. However, he has reportedly resisted the idea up to this point and is instead waiting for an opportunity to continue his career at center.
Mangold previously mentioned that he still has “a couple of good years left” and is looking forward to the free agent process.
“I still feel that I got a couple of good years left in me,” Mangold said. “I still love the game. It’s still a great passion of mine. So hopefully the right situation comes along, and be able to find a team that I can carry that on with.
“This whole free agent thing is a whole new territory, that I’ve never really had any experience like this, so I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know how it all works. I’ve got a couple of calls to make to try to ask a couple of guys what they went through and how they approached it. Just kind of taking it slow, and seeing what’s out there.”
Mangold, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2006. He was entering the final year of his eight-year, $57.4 million contract that included $25 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $6.075 million when the Jets cut him loose earlier this offseason.
In 2016, Mangold appeared in eight games for the Jets and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 25 center out of 38 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.