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Jets C Nick Mangold Could Weigh Retirement After The Season

A source tells ESPN’s Rich Cimini that this season has been “incredibly hard” on Jets veteran C Nick Mangold and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him retire next year.

Mangold has fought through an ankle injury and a foot strain that Jets HC Todd Bowles referred to as “pretty significant.” The belief is that Mangold doesn’t have a Lisfranc injury, but he is still undergoing additional tests to determine if he’ll require surgery.

Some have suggested that Mangold could end up being a cap casualty for the Jets next year, considering that he carries a $9.1 million cap figure in 2017. Ian Rapoport also reported that Mangold’s future with the Jets is “up in the air.

The Jets placed Mangold on season-ending injured reserve earlier in the week.

Mangold, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2006. He’s currently in the seventh year of his eight-year, $57.4 million contract that included $25 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $5.6 million and $6.075 million over the next two years.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $9,075,000 in available cap space while creating no dead money.

In 2016, Mangold appeared in eight games for the Jets and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 24 center out of 37 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Mangold and his future as the news is available.

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