Nick Mangold released by Jets after 11 seasons at center

The Jets drafted Mangold with the 29th selection in the 2006 NFL Draft and for many years he was considered one of the best center's in football, if not the best.

The Jets released the 33 year old Saturday following a frustrating season in which Mangold - once an ironman for the franchise - missed eight games due to an ankle injury. "My family and I will always be grateful to [Jets owner Woody] Johnson and the entire organization for making me a Jet". It meant a lot to see all the #74 jerseys in the crowd every Sunday. "Thank you all for a fantastic 11 years!" The Jets have also cleared $10 million with left tackle Ryan Clady and another $4.5 million with right tackle Breno Giacomini off the roster.

As for Mangold, Rapoport noted the seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro is not expected to retire.

According to Spotrac, the Jets will save another $9.075 million with the release of Mangold.

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Mangold was scheduled to count $9.075 million against the salary cap in the final year of his contract.

With Mangold gone, it looks like the Jets are confident in turning to Wesley Johnson to take over at the position that Mangold has played since 2006.

Mangold has remained one of the league's sturdier centers when healthy, but he missed extended action last season because of an ankle injury. "It has been a privilege to have known Nick these many years and, for all of us, I say Nick will always be a Jet". Here are a few options in the NFL Draft, free agency and in-house.

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