When the Jets released center Nick Mangold this offseason, it seemed likely that he would hook on elsewhere and continue his career. Months later, Mangold doesn’t sound so sure about whether he wants to continue playing.
“Maybe there’s more to (my career), maybe there isn’t,” the seven-time Pro Bowler told SNY (transcription via ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini).
Mangold added that his injured foot still isn’t healed, and he didn’t want to “steal checks” this season. If Mangold does return to the NFL, it sounds like it won’t happen until 2018 at the earliest.
The veteran seemed like a natural fit for the Ravens this offseason given all of their injuries on the offensive line, but a deal never came together. He was also connected to the Dolphins as Mike Pouncey struggled to stay healthy, but Miami did not show any real interest.
Mangold, 34 in January, missed half of the 2016 season. Before that, however, he missed just four regular season Jets games over the previous nine seasons. Mangold was ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 25th best center in 2016, but he has posted several top ten and top five seasons over his career.