Nick Mangold bids farewell, thanks Jets for 11 great seasons

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The New York Jets and longtime center Nick Mangold will be parting ways.

The release of the center will create more than $9 million salary cap space for the team. The formal paperwork will be done in the upcoming days.

The former Pro Bowler took to Twitter on Saturday to thank the organization for 11 years with the team.

Mangold was the Jets’ second first-round pick — fellow lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson was the first — in 2006 out of Ohio State. He started 164 of 176 regular-season games, making  seven Pro Bowls and twice was a first-team All-Pro selection (2009 and 2010).

His teammate, Brandon Marshall, noticed a fitting coincidence to the center’s post.

Team owner Woody Johnson offered his praise in a statement:

“For the past 11 years, Nick Mangold has been a cornerstone of our team both on and off the field,” Johnson said. “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.”