Buffalo Bills should pursue free agent center Nick Mangold

In need of some depth along the offensive line, the Buffalo Bills should pursue former Jets and now free agent center Nick Mangold.

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

One of the oldest positional groups on the Buffalo Bills roster also appears to be the most solid in terms of ability. Led by a solid offensive line, the unit could be rated as one of the NFL’s best when it is fully healthy. That really is the catch though after last season. Given that this unit has had its share of injury problems last season, Buffalo will need to add some depth to the unit.

These issues are likely to become even more prevalent in 2017. Despite possessing four players at the guard position that started games last season and Eric Wood as their starting center, the Bills could quickly find themselves in trouble along the interior of the offensive line. Adding another talent to this unit would be major for the team going forward.


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Having seen their division rival New York Jets take advantage of Nick Mangold for many years before releasing him at the beginning of this offseason, Mangold would be a solid addition to this Bills team. Providing depth at each of the three interior line positions, Mangold would also be an excellent rotation option and backup player for Eric Wood.

While it is unknown if the 33-year old offensive lineman would accept a role as a backup along the interior offensive line, the Bills should at least make the phone call. After all, should an injury or two occur in the preseason, Mangold could become a starter for the Buffalo Bills by the time Week 1 roles around for the 2017 season.

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Despite being a starter for every game he has ever played at the NFL level, Mangold is not getting any younger. Playing and starting only eight games last season for the Jets, Mangold had a recurring ankle injury that eventually sidelined him for the rest of his 2016 season. With this injury there, Mangold could benefit from a lessened role.

The other advantage bringing Mangold in could bring is that he should be cheap. Old and still a free agent, Mangold could likely be had on a one-year deal that would at least provide the Bills offensive line with depth for this season. Such a move would help head coach Sean McDermott worry about one less thing and also bring in an excellent blocker that the Bills could deploy when they need to.

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