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Ex-Jet Nick Mangold says playing for Pats would be 'difficult'

Nick Mangold hopes to play a 12th season in the NFL and is weighing his options. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

Nick Mangold needs a job. As a free agent, he can sign with any team in the NFL -- 31 options, assuming the New York Jets are out of the mix.

Actually, it might be 30 options. Mangold can't see himself in a New England Patriots uniform.

"That would be awfully difficult," he said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL radio. "I've got to assume that after years of all the battles that I’ve had with New England, I don’t think Bill’s all that fond of me.”

Bill, of course, being Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Host Bob Papa tossed out the Patriots as a good-natured hypothetical, knowing the bitter rivalry; there has been no Mangold-Patriots speculation.

Of course, you never say "never" in the NFL. Belichick signed Darrelle Revis in 2014 and won a Super Bowl with him.

Mangold, cut by the Jets in February, said he's still having physical therapy on his injured foot. He missed eight games last season. He said it has been "a slow grind since the end of the season," admitting the rehab has been "a little difficult for me."

Mangold still hopes to play for a 12th season. He said he's "weighing what options are available," not going into any specifics.