Nick Mangold

Former Jets C Nick Mangold Retires

Nick Mangold is officially done with football. On Tuesday, Mangold announced that he will be signing a one-day contract with the Jets in order to officially retire with the team. 

Everything that happened from pee-wee football to high school football to having the good fortune to play at The Ohio State University molded me for my opportunity to play for the New York Jets,” said Mangold. “In my 11 years as a Jet, there were plenty of ups and downs but, through it all, I wanted to be the Steady Eddie. I wanted to be the guy that other guys looked at to see how it was done. I learned this attribute from the vets that I played with.

My biggest regret is not bringing the Lombardi Trophy to New York but, as I retire, I will continue my efforts to bring the Trophy home in a different capacity. I have no idea what that capacity is but I’m sure I will figure something out in the future.”

Mangold, 34, played for the Jets from 2006 through 2016. In March of 2017, the Jets released him in the midst of a house-cleaning that saw several high-priced vets bounced out of New York. He spent all of last year out of football as he healed up from a foot injury and he indicated earlier this year that he might try to return to the game. At the same time, he has made tons of money over the course of his playing career, so he is able to comfortably walk away from the NFL and in order to spend more time with his family.

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Nick Mangold Not Considering Politics

Nick Mangold is not closing the door on his football career but he is saying no to a political career for the time being. Despite speculation to the contrary, the former Jets says he is not mulling a run for a congressional seat (Twitter link). Nick Mangold (vertical)

I am not running for Congress,” Mangold wrote. “While it would be an amazing opportunity and honor to serve the people of New Jersey’s District 11, I am not at a place where I could commit to that.”

On Thursday, Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas told Matt Friedman of Politico that a career in politics was in consideration for Mangold.

I had a conversation with him. He’s intrigued by the idea. He has to think it over and talk with his wife,” Barlas said. “After an 11-year playing career and a college career, he’s enjoying being at home with his wife and kids.“

Mangold, 34, played for the Jets from 2006 through 2016. In March of 2017, the Jets released him in the midst of a house-cleaning that saw several high-priced vets bounced out of New York. He spent all of last year out of football as he healed up from a foot injury and he is probably in better position to play today than he was six months ago. At the same time, he has made upwards of $20MM over the course of his playing career, so he could comfortably walk away from the NFL if he wants.

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AFC East Notes: Jets, Mangold, Patriots

Former Jets center Nick Mangold was out of football in 2017, but he hasn’t ruled out a return to the field next season, as Bob Glauber of Newsday writes.

I’m kind of not closing the door, but I’m not actively searching for anything right now,” said Mangold on Radio Row in advance of the Super Bowl.

Mangold, 34, stayed at home as he dealt with a foot injury suffered during the 2016 season. He told ESPN Radio (Twitter link) that he was never healthy last season, but during his Radio Row trip, he indicated that he could have played at some point in the late fall.

Maybe midseason, but by that point, it’s the middle of the season, you’ve missed the whole offseason when you get to know people,” he said. “[The foot] still wasn’t right. It was one of those things where I probably could have gone out there and played, but I wouldn’t be playing up to my standards. I wouldn’t want to go out there stealing checks, so that’s why I didn’t go for it, because I wouldn’t have been playing at my level.

Here’s more from the AFC East:

  • The Jay Ajayi trade looks a loss for the Dolphins right now, but the team can learn some valuable lessons from the way things played out, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald writes. The Dolphins are a passing-centric team, which didn’t sit right with Ajayi and meant that a divorce was probably inevitable. However, the Dolphins would have been better served by waiting until the season was over to trade Ajayi, giving them a wider range of suitors to work with, Salguero opines. The Eagles are certainly happy with Miami’s decision to deal the running back for a late fourth-round pick – Ajayi averaged 5.8 yards per carry for Philadelphia in his seven regular season games with the team.
  • Super Bowl LII doesn’t feel like the end of the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era of the Patriots, but they are likely to lose well-respected offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia to retirement, Peter King of The MMQB (video link, on Twitter) says. It sounds like the Patriots will have to recast four of the main players on the coaching staff this season – offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, special teams coach Joe Judge, and Scarnecchia.
  • On Thursday, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell indicated that he is not interested in joining the Jets in free agency. Of course, it’s unlikely that Bell reaches unrestricted free agency anyway.

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Nick Mangold: I’m Still Not Healthy

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. Nick Mangold (vertical)

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.

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AFC Notes: Ravens, Fins, Texans, Bolts

In the wake of John Urschel‘s retirement and Nico Siragusa‘s season-ending knee injury, the Ravens’ top priority is to add to their offensive line, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. General manager Ozzie Newsome has discussed trades with other teams, reports Zrebiec, who points out that free agency could be a tough route to take because the Ravens don’t have much cap room. Further, while the Ravens showed interest in free agent center Nick Mangold during the offseason, there are questions as to whether the 33-year-old is committed to continuing his career, relays Zrebiec. Notably, Mangold indicated in May that he could retire.

More from the AFC:

  • Dolphins guard Ted Larsen will be a candidate to begin the season on injured reserve if his biceps does prove to be torn, writes Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. In that case, the Dolphins could check in on the free agent and trade markets for help at the position, suggests Jackson, who notes that ex-Miami Hurricane Orlando Franklin would have interest in signing with the team. Franklin’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to the Dolphins earlier this offseason, but they were content with their guard situation at the time. Franklin was most recently with the Saints, who cut the cord shortly after signing him – partly because of a knee injury.
  • Safety Marcus Gilchrist‘s one-year deal with the Texans carries a max value of $3MM, according to Field Yates of ESPN (Twitter link). It includes a $1.2MM base salary, an $800K signing bonus and $1MM in per-game roster bonuses.
  • The Chargers worked out undrafted rookie center Barrett Gouger on Thursday, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Gouger’s audition came after the Bolts lost guard Forrest Lamp, an expected starter, to a torn ACL on Wednesday

Latest On Nick Mangold

It is not particularly surprising that all has been quiet on the Nick Mangold front, as it became clear earlier this offseason that the 33-year-old free agent was more likely to be a training camp signing if he elected to continue his football career. But now that training camp is upon us, there are still no new public reports regarding a possible match.

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We most recently heard that the Dolphins are not interested in the Ohio State product, and Mike Reiss of ESPN.com scratches another AFC East club off the list of potential suitors. Reiss, in response to a fan question as to whether Mangold could be a fit for the Patriots, says New England is not a likely landing spot at this time because Mangold is looking for a team that needs a starting center; he does not want to be “veteran depth.”

That, of course, is consistent with what we have heard all along. More interesting is Reiss’ report that Mangold was still getting physical therapy on his foot/ankle as of a month ago, which is not going to make teams that have been skeptical about his medicals — and that have considered him as more of a guard or depth option — any more excited about the prospect of signing him.

Reiss suggests that Mangold does not need or want to go through the grind of a training camp at this point in his career, and one camp injury could entirely change a team’s perception of Mangold (although Max Unger‘s injury did not prompt the Saints to check in on Mangold, Unger could be ready for Week 1).

The guess here, though, is that Mangold ends up in Baltimore. The Ravens, who met with Mangold back in May, have two glaring needs along their offensive line, at center and at right tackle. If Mangold can slot in at center, Baltimore would have a potentially excellent center-right guard combo with Mangold and Marshal Yanda. That would make the team much more comfortable in allowing Ryan Jensen, John Urschel, and rookie Nico Siragusa battle for the left guard job — and the losers of that competition would represent fairly strong depth — and it would allow the Ravens to move Alex Lewis out to right tackle, where he would represent a considerable upgrade over James Hurst.

As we heard several months ago, though, retirement is not out of the question for Mangold, so if he does not find an opportunity that suits him, he may simply elect to call it a career.

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Latest On Dolphins C Mike Pouncey

The expectation is that Mike Pouncey will be ready for Week 1, a source “very close” to the Dolphins center tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Although Pouncey has not been cleared by team doctors for action yet, he apparently feels that he is just about ready to play. Mike Pouncey (Vertical)

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Pouncey missed 11 games during the 2016 season thanks to his troublesome hip. Apparently, that problem was compounded by a bacterial infection in his inner thigh. The infection has been treated, however, so Pouncey is almost back to normal.

This is all very good news for the Dolphins since they did not put a ton of resources into a Plan B for Pouncey. If Pouncey is not good to go, then they’ll likely use Kraig Urbik as the starter in the middle with support from free agent addition Ted Larsen and Anthony Steen. Players apparently prefer Urbik over Steen at center because Steen sometimes took too long to make calls last year.

In related news, the Dolphins have not checked in on free agent center Nick Mangold lately. Miami did reach out to Mangold’s team at one point this offseason, but there has been zero movement on that front this summer.

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Checking In On Top FAs Still Available

Last week, we checked in on the top cornerbacks still available and discussed the latest news as to each of those players. Today, we’ll check in on three more big-name free agents who are still without a 2017 employer (Darrelle Revis would be included in this post, but in addition to last week’s cornerback article, we also discussed Revis’ market in two separate posts this past week).

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We start with Perry Riley, who quietly put together a very nice season with the Raiders in 2016, ranking as the 15th-best linebacker in the league according to Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics. In 11 games for Oakland — he did not sign with the club until October — he posted 48 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and one pass deflection. Riley spent the first six years of his career with the Redskins, and he was a solid starter for much of that time. Now 29, it is a bit surprising that we have not heard more reports on Riley, as only the Raiders have expressed any public interest in his services. We heard prior to free agency that the Raiders were trying to get a new deal done with Riley, and just last week we learned that negotiations between the two sides progressed reasonably well. However, Riley and the Raiders could not come to terms, and while the team is still in the market for a middle linebacker, it sounds as if it is prepared to move on. The guess here, though, is that Riley will ultimately return to the Raiders, as the club’s middle linebacker position is arguably its weakest. The Raiders signed Jelani Jenkins this offseason, and they also drafted Wake Forest’s Marquel Lee in the fifth round of this year’s draft, but they can hardly expect either of them to be difference-makers (Jenkins, in fact, graded out as the worst full-time linebacker in the league last season per PFF and will likely only appear in sub-packages). As such, a reunion with Riley just makes too much sense.

Outside of Riley, Ryan Clady is the only member of our 2017 list of top 50 free agents to remain unsigned, and like Riley, Clady has not generated a great deal of interest on the open market. The Seahawks are the only team to have publicly reached out to Clady, and while the 30-year-old tackle (31 in September) visited Seattle in March, he left town without a contract. At his peak, Clady was one of the premier left tackles in the game, but injuries have derailed the career of the four-time Pro Bowler, as he has appeared in just 27 of a possible 64 regular-season games since 2013. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Broncos before signing with the Jets last season, but he played in only nine games (eight starts) for Gang Green before suffering a season-ending rotator cuff injury, and the club ultimately decided not to exercise his 2017 option. While no one can rely on him to serve as a starting-caliber left tackle for a full season at this point, it’s hard to imagine his not getting a chance to crack another tackle rotation this summer. Outside of the Seahawks, the Ravens may be a potential landing spot, as Baltimore lost starting right tackle Ricky Wagner this offseason and may prefer to keep guards Alex Lewis and Marshal Yanda on the interior of the line.

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Speaking of the Ravens, Baltimore has been connected to another former Jet, Nick Mangold, this offseason. In addition to a potential right tackle vacancy, the Ravens also have a hole at center, and Mangold could represent a quality stopgap solution in that regard. The two sides met early last month, and the Ravens — unlike some other teams, who believe Mangold’s health makes him better-suited to a guard spot at this stage of his career — are comfortable with Mangold’s medicals, but compensation appears to be the obstacle at this point. Assuming Mangold is healthy, he would be a perfect fit in Baltimore. The team is apparently comfortable playing Lewis at right tackle, but signing Mangold would allow John Urschel, Ryan Jensen, and rookie Nico Siragusa to compete for the starting left guard spot and create solid depth throughout the rest of the rotation. Should the Ravens fail to sign a right tackle and/or a center, three of their starting offensive linemen would be mid-round draft choices with little to no track record at the professional level. Mangold has also drawn interest from the Giants, but with Weston Richburg entrenched at center, and with Justin Pugh and John Jerry on either side of him, it’s unclear how Mangold would fit in with Big Blue.

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Dolphins Not Interested In Nick Mangold

Although the Dolphins lack an experienced backup behind injury-risk center Mike Pouncey, Miami has no plans to sign free agent Nick Mangold “at this time,” reports Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald."<strong

Pouncey has dealt with nagging hip injuries in recent years, and while he doesn’t believe the issue to be career-threatening, he did miss 11 games during the 2016 campaign. As such, the Dolphins need a solid replacement plan in the event that Pouncey goes down. At present, Anthony Steen, Kraig Urbik, and Ted Larsen would compete for time at the pivot in the event of a Pouncey injury, while Isaac Asiata and Jake Brendel could also factor in on the interior.

Mangold, 33, has been linked to the Giants and Ravens since being released by the Jets earlier this year. Baltimore, specifically, is engaged in something of a “holding pattern” with Mangold at the moment.

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Ravens, Nick Mangold In Holding Pattern

The Ravens and free agent center Nick Mangold remain in a holding pattern, and it’s unclear if the two sides will ultimately agree on a deal, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Money is likely the issue holding up a potential contract, but Baltimore probably prefers to ink Mangold sooner rather than later, per Hensley.Nick Mangold (Vertical)

2016 starting Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers earlier this year, so Baltimore’s top options on the interior are currently Ryan Jensen, John Urschel, and fourth-round rookie Nico Siragusa, the latter a natural guard who expressed confidence he could shift to center. Mangold, then, would given the Ravens a veteran presence at the pivot, and allow those younger lineman to compete with Alex Lewis for time at guard.

Mangold, 33, missed eight games last season with an ankle injury before being released by the Jets in February. He met with the Ravens in April, and general manager Ozzie Newsome & Co. are reportedly comfortable with Mangold’s medicals. Mangold has also drawn interest from the Giants since being cut.

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