Henderson only played in five games last season before being placed on the non-football injury list for reasons that weren't publicly disclosed. Mangold just turned 33 and had a 2017 base salary of nearly $6.1 million and a $2.4 million roster bonus due at the start of training camp, so the Jets chose to move on.
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Long-time Jets center Nick Mangold was released by the team Saturday.
The Jets cut ties with former Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson on Saturday. The 2006 first-round draft pick spent 11 seasons anchoring the Jets' offensive line and carving out a decorated career as a Pro Bowl mainstay. He made seven Pro Bowls and was twice All-Pro. Overall, he has appeared in 26 games the past two seasons, which includes nine starts.
His performance was solid, and his snap totals increased near the end of the year, leading the Jets to re-sign him on a new relatively low cost deal. According to NJ.com, Mangold said after past year that he had no plans of retiring, and wanted to remain with the Jets. This was absolutely the right move for the Jets from a business standpoint.
One thing is clear in NY, the rebuild has begun.
Gang Green had until March 9 - the first day of the new league year - to make a decision on Henderson, who was set to earn a $250,000 roster bonus. He suffered a knee injury in Week 5 to go along with the nagging ankle injury. Each had their own offensive system, yet they all trusted Mangold to lead the offensive line. He's 30 years old.
Harris is coming off a strong season, registering 94 tackles, two forced fumbles and a-half-sack in 15 starts. It is still conceivable that the Jets decide to release Harris as none of his $6.5 million base salary is guaranteed next year.