After missing four games with an ankle injury, Nick Mangold made his return to the Jets lineup in Monday's embarrassing defeat to the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately for Nick and the Jets, he re-injured his ankle and found himself back in a walking boot on Tuesday.
Ian Rapoport reported minutes ago that the Jets will shut Mangold down for the season. Now that's a logical decision to make, the Jets are out of contention and we've already seen Mangold re-injure himself after trying to come back too soon.
However there are deeper implications for this. Mangold only has one year remaining on his deal and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the Jets cut Mangold over the Spring.
Mangold has been a fantastic player for the Jets over his career, however he's not the elite player he once was. To be completely honest, I haven't personally seen a huge drop off from the position by having Wesley Johnson in the lineup. With Mangold soon to be 33 and set to make $9 million next year, the Jets may find that they are better off attributing that money to several other positions that need strengthening, especially considering they can cut him with very little consequence in terms of the cap.
Whatever happens from here on out, Nick will always be one of the best offensive lineman to ever play for the Jets.