Nick Mangold's long assocation with the New York Jets is over after they confirmed on Saturday that he has been released.
The Jets are the only team Mangold has played for in his 11-year pro career. They selected him out of Ohio State with the 29th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, and he started at center in that year’s season opener.
Mangold was entering the final year of his contract at a non-guaranteed salary of about $6.1 million. His release clears $9.1 million of cap space in 2017, according to ESPN.
The 33-year-old tweeted the news of his pending release Saturday, and the team made it official about an hour later.
"For the past 11 years, Nick Mangold has been a cornerstone of our team both on and off the field," Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement.
"As our Pro Bowl center, Nick consistently demonstrated superior skill and unmatched toughness. Equally important, off the field, Nick exhibited respect, sensitivity and compassion for the causes he supported.
"It has been a privilege to have known Nick these many years and, for all of us, I say Nick will always be a Jet.”
Mangold will likely be scooped up during the NFL's free-agency period, which opens March 9.