-Written by Alec Baicher
Man, this really SUCKS. Not many fan bases get behind an offensive lineman. They aren't flashy, they don't get the ball, and they do a lot of little things that most fans don't notice.
With Nick Mangold, it was different. The Jets fan base LOVED Mangold. We applauded his skill, we applauded his grit, we applauded his work in the community, we applauded how he truly epitomized what it meant to wear green & white.
Mangold was cut because of money, plain and simple. The Jets have more holes than Swiss cheese, and Mangold was due to make 6.075 million this season. Mangold was coming off a year where he missed significant time due to a lingering ankle injury, and backup center Wesley Johnson filled in admirably for him. With the money, the age, and the needs of the Jets, Mangold is now one of two other veteran cap casualties (Nick Folk and Breno Giacomini) that have been cut in the last week to clear up much needed cap space for the Jets. I am positive there will be a lot more next week before the calendar year for the NFL flips and bonuses and guaranteed money kick in for these contracts.
Overall, Mangold was one of the most likeable players in his tenure with the Jets. Coming out of Ohio State in 2006, the Jets drafted Mangold late in the first round that year. He loved New York, embraced it, and oh yeah, he was REALLY DAMN GOOD at playing center. The Jets went from one Hall of Fame center, Kevin Mawae, to Mangold, who will be a future Hall of Famer for sure. We were lucky as a fan base to get a consistent anchor of the offensive line that embraced the city and the team. Thanks for the memories, Nick! Good luck on your future teams (please, please, please, please don't sign with New England).