Jets center Nick Mangold will still have to wait two or three weeks to see if he needs surgery on his injured ankle but he still wants to play next season either way, he told reporters Wednesday.
Despite being limited to just eight games this year, Mangold said he would like to continue playing into next season, the final year of his contract with the Jets.
"Shoot, I love football," Mangold said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I miss it dearly. I'm planning on playing. I want to keep playing football, and I want to do it here."
Mangold told reporters that even if he does have surgery, doctors have informed him that he should be ready to play by training camp.
The 11-year pro is owed a little over $6 million next season and will have a cap hit of $9.075 million.