Frustrated with the slow healing of his ankle, Jets center Nick Mangold is being shut down for the year, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. With four games to go this year and no chance of making the playoffs, the decision has been made to end Mangold’s season after today’s visit with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina.
Mangold, 33 in January, is a seven-time Pro Bowler and generally regarded as one of the best centers in the NFL. This year, he has been hampered by injury and has not been playing up to his usual standard. In his eight games, Mangold has a 78.0 grade from Pro Football Focus, slotting him as just the 24th best center in the NFL. Backup Wesley Johnson has a disappointing 45.0 score, but the Jets feel like he has been a capable fill-in. Johnson will likely get the nod with Mangold is sidelined.
Mangold is entering the final year of a seven-year extension worth a potential $54.075MM. He’s due to carry a cap number of $9.075MM but the Jets can avoid paying a chunk of that by cutting him this offseason.
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