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Nick Mangold is not closing the door on his football career but he is saying no to a political career for the time being. Despite speculation to the contrary, the former Jets says he is not mulling a run for a congressional seat (Twitter link).

I am not running for Congress,” Mangold wrote. “While it would be an amazing opportunity and honor to serve the people of New Jersey’s District 11, I am not at a place where I could commit to that.”

On Thursday, Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas told Matt Friedman of Politico that a career in politics was in consideration for Mangold.

I had a conversation with him. He’s intrigued by the idea. He has to think it over and talk with his wife,” Barlas said. “After an 11-year playing career and a college career, he’s enjoying being at home with his wife and kids.“

Mangold, 34, played for the Jets from 2006 through 2016. In March of 2017, the Jets released him in the midst of a house-cleaning that saw several high-priced vets bounced out of New York. He spent all of last year out of football as he healed up from a foot injury and he is probably in better position to play today than he was six months ago. At the same time, he has made upwards of $20MM over the course of his playing career, so he could comfortably walk away from the NFL if he wants.

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