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D'Brickashaw Ferguson | Tackle | #60

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 310
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (4) / NYJ
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According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, retired LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson is "intent on staying retired."
Cimini wondered aloud if the Giants would have interest in trying to lure "Brick" out of retirement since they tried to trade for Eugene Monroe and now are courting him as a free agent. Ferguson is still only 32, and seemed to be forced out of New York when the Jets asked him to accept a pay cut. Jun 19 - 10:17 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson has retired from the NFL after 10 seasons.

As Jets beat writer Rich Cimini put it, it's "a stunner." The Jets wanted Ferguson to take a pay cut, and instead of accepting one, "Brick" chose to go out on his own terms. Ferguson is only 32, completely healthy, and still one of the better blindside protectors in the league. Gang Green is now without a left tackle and quarterback, though the $9 million-plus in cap room Ferguson's retirement creates should allow the Jets to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. Ferguson isn't a Hall of Famer, but he deserves a place in the Jets' Ring of Honor. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Ferguson made three Pro Bowls and missed just one offensive snap in his entire career (10,707/10,708).
Apr 8 - 9:20 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets have asked LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson to take a pay cut in order to re-sign free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The No. 4 pick in the 2006 draft, 32-year-old Ferguson has been the Jets' stalwart left tackle for a decade. He's owed $10.375 million this year in salary and bonuses. The Daily News calls the Jets' requested pay cut "significant." GM Mike Maccagnan reportedly "made it clear" to Ferguson that his pay-cut acceptance would directly help the franchise re-sign Fitzpatrick. Reporter Manish Mehta writes, "the sense is that (Ferguson) would be amenable to playing on a fair reduced salary, according to sources," and "the third option is retirement."
Apr 6 - 9:56 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are "monitoring the potential availability" of Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Broncos LT Ryan Clady.

The Ravens clearly would like to move on from LT Eugene Monroe, and both Clady and Ferguson could be available. The Jets are giving Ferguson the cold shoulder as they attempt to force the veteran to take a pay cut, and the Broncos do not need Clady after signing Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson in free agency. Baltimore would certainly rather pick up one of them as a free agent, but trading for either one could be an option.
Mar 28 - 10:16 AM

LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson has not been contacted by anyone in the Jets' coaching staff or front office since the end of last season.

That's a strange way to treat a three-time Pro Bowler who has only missed one snap in his 10-year NFL career. Head coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal about Ferguson's roster status earlier this week and it's clear the team wants him to take a pay cut. Ferguson's effectiveness has waned in recent years but the Jets don't have an obvious in-house replacement at left tackle. The cold war between Ferguson and the Jets is just beginning.
Mar 23 - 5:10 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson is on the roster "right now."

New York is playing hardball with their longtime left tackle in an effort to convince him to take a pay cut. Ferguson has not budged to this point, and he has little reason to with the Jets already extremely thin along the offensive line. Ferguson is set to count $14.1 million against the cap.
Mar 22 - 9:51 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan acknowledged that LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson might not be back with the team.

New York showed interest in Kelvin Beachum before he signed with Jacksonville, and there's been speculation the Jets could move on from Ferguson and his massive salary. "Right now I would say [Ferguson] would be on our roster going forward," said Maccagnan. "But we’ll see how this thing goes." If the Jets keep Ferguson without tweaking his contract, he'll count $14.107 million against the cap.
Mar 18 - 4:22 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan declined to say if he's asked LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson for a pay cut.

Ferguson is coming off a career-worst year, finishing in the bottom half of PFF's tackle grades. Restructuring him would allow the Jets to clear cap room for free agents Ryan Fitzpatrick, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Damon Harrison. 32-year-old Ferguson is owed $28.4M over the final two years of his deal.
Feb 24 - 6:39 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini would be surprised if there's not a "peaceful renegotiation" between the Jets and LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson in the coming weeks.

The Jets are looking to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Ivory and Muhammad Wilkerson. Re-doing Ferguson's deal would be an easy way to create salary cap space. Per Cimini, the Jets aren't "banging at his door" demanding Ferguson to take a pay cut. 32-year-old Ferguson's stock is at a career low after finishing 62nd out of 76 qualifiers in PFF's year-ending tackle grades.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 8:34 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger reports "there are legitimate concerns" about whether LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson is entering his decline stage.

Ferguson hasn’t missed a start in his nine-year career, leading to concerns that his below-average 2014 is a sign of breaking down. The Jets owe Ferguson $39.9 million over the next three years after restructuring his contract in two of the last three offseasons. Ferguson’s future could be in jeopardy if he doesn’t rebound under new OC Chan Gailey.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 07:11:00 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson's "future beyond 2015 could be in serious jeopardy."

Ferguson will turn 32 late this season and has been the Jets' left tackle since being selected fourth overall in the 2006 draft. He carries an $11.699 million cap hit this season and is scheduled to count $14.107 million against the cap in 2016. Ferguson was PFF's No. 35 tackle last year. The Jets are said to "have an affinity" for Stanford OT Andrus Peat, who could be Ferguson's heir.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 09:56:00 AM

It would cost the Jets more to cut LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson than to keep him.

In other words, Ferguson will be back to serve as the Jets left tackle at a 2014 base salary of $5.95 million. And thanks to restructures in back-to-back offseasons, he'll likely be there through the 2015 season as well. The remarkably durable Ferguson started all 16 games for the eighth straight year in 2013, but he slipped to 40th in Pro Football Focus' tackle grades out of 76 qualifiers.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson restructured his contract, freeing up $5.128 million in cap space.

Ferguson, 29, was due a salary of $7.25 million but agreed to slash it to $840,000, turning the remaining $6.41 million into a "signing" bonus that is prorated over the last five years of his contract. It's the second offseason in a row that Ferguson has restructured. Ferguson graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 left tackle last season, and he hasn't missed a game in his seven seasons.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 03:47:00 PM

Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson has agreed to convert $9 million of his $9.985 million 2012 base salary into a bonus.

The cap hit of Ferguson's new bonus will be prorated over the final six seasons of the eight-year, $73.6 million deal he signed in 2010. The move gives the Jets a whopping $7.5 million in extra cap space this offseason. Gang Green had previously been amongst the most cap-strapped teams in the league.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 08:30:00 AM

Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson was turned down at the Jets' facility Tuesday morning when he tried to report to the team.

Ferguson is scheduled for a league-high $750,000 workout bonus, so he had all the incentive in the world to show up for "work." Unfortunately, the Jets denied Ferguson and Jerricho Cotchery access. Cotchery wanted to use the cold tub to help rehab his surgically repaired back. Ferguson and Cotchery could conceivably sue the Jets and/or the NFL for turning them down.
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 09:30:00 AM

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