A Farewell to Nick Mangold: A Look Towards the Offseason
It is with a heavy heart that New York Jets Fans have to say goodbye to long time Probowl center Nick Mangold. Mangold was drafted with the 29th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State University. The Jets also drafted long time Left Tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson in that draft class, creating one of the better offensive lines in the NFL for years. Mangold had a long list of accomplishments in his 10 year career as a Jet. He was a 7x Pro Bowler, 2x First Team All Pro, a 2nd Team All Pro and made the NFL All Rookie Team.
While it is unclear whether Mangold will look for another team or retire, we here at Interstate of Green want to thank him for his incredible career with the New York Jets. While his future is unclear, it is becoming more and more obvious that the Jets are heading for a full rebuild this offseason. An interesting move considering they decided to stick with Head Coach Todd Bowles after a very disappointing 2016 season. But in this week the Jets have made pretty significant roster moves to clear up salary cap space, cutting kicker Nick Folk, Right Tackle Breno Giacomini, and now Center Nick Mangold.
The team management is also trying to figure out what it will do with cornerback Darrelle Revis who is currently facing charges in Pittsburgh. Should the Jets decide to cut him before the deadline they could save even more money in their salary cap situation. Some other potential cap casualities include Marcus Gilchrist and Brandon Marshall.
Clearly Mike Maccagnan has a gameplan heading towards Free Agency and the Draft. We as Jets fans will simply have to patient and see what that plan is. But if these cuts are any implication of the offseason to come, expect for the Jets to be very aggressive.