New York Jets center Nick Mangold says he’ll be with the team that drafted him next season and hasn’t considered retiring.
“Shoot, I love football,” he told Darryl Slater of NJ.com on Wednesday. “I miss it dearly. I’m planning on playing. I want to keep playing football, and I want to do it here. I figure we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Right now, the only thing I worry about is getting better. After that, we’ll figure it out.”
The seven-time Pro Bowler played in merely eight games this season due to a lingering ankle injury and was placed on injured reserve.
It will be two or three weeks before it’s known whether Mangold will need surgery or not, but he’ll be ready for training camp next year even if his ankle does require an operation.
New York will take a $9.075 million salary cap hit with Mangold on the roster next season and while he hasn’t considered retirement, he opted not to address a pay cut.