D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the New York Jets left tackle decided to retire rather than have the team embarrass him.
INSTANT UPDATE: In a matter of hours the Jets traded for Ryan Clady whose 30 & comes complete with a $9.5 Milton dollar contract & $10 million in 2017.
JETS NOW NEED RIGHT AND LEFT TACKLES TO GO ALONG WITH FITZPATRICK.
The man never missed a snap in 10 years of football !! (1 designed play in 2008 didn’t include him; that’s not a starting miss people).
The Jets are $ 9.093 million dollars richer than they were last week.
The problem with that is that while they now may have the money necessary to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick they won’t have a veteran left tackle to keep him alive.
Something had to give but was that something the right thing?
The Jets drafted D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold in 2006, coincidently that was also the last time they drafted Offensive linemen in the first round of the Draft.
It’s ten years later and rather than take a pay cut, left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson has decided to call it a career (while he’s still healthy) leaving the Jets, who just last week needed a right tackle and a quarterback, without a left tackle, a viable quarterback – but hey their $9 million richer.
The Jets have ignored the offensive line too long and made questionable cuts along the way.
The team milked the proverbial cow as long as they possibly could with right guard Willie Colon only to have his knees betray him in 2015. They cut backup center Dalton Freeman and left guard Oday Aboushi only replacing Aboushi’ left guard spot with James Carpenter for 2015.
[ Todd Bowles kept Brian Winters over Oday Aboushi, the latter had just finished a respectable year playing next to Ferguson learning and filling in for injured Brian Winters. Many believed Oday was the better of the two players to keep – Bowles was not one of them.
But then again Bowles / Maccagnan cut Kicker Andrew Furney “Mr. 60 yarder” whom had delivered a 51 yard game winning strike in pre-season – in a year fraught with Kicker injuries. ]
So how would this pay cut have been an embarrassment you ask…
Ferguson was reportedly concerned that he might ultimately suffer the same fate as former teammate and friend Alan Faneca, who was released during the 2010 draft after the Jets selected his replacement. Ferguson didn’t want the same indignity.
D’Brickashaw was one of the “lucky” ones not having had a Concussion during the entirety of his 10 year career, yet it weighed heavy on his mind.
“I think because I’ve played so much, it does make you wonder, ‘Wow, is (CTE) potentially something that could happen to me? Have I put myself in harm’s way and don’t necessarily know the implications of what I’ve been doing?'” Ferguson said late last season after the release of the movie ‘Concussion.’ “That’s a thought I’d have to consider, because there’s no real answer to that.”
But the Jets responded spending $9.5 & $10 million respectively for Ryan Clady from the Broncos the money savings is gone in hours without a QB did GM Mike Maccagnan panic!
Denver has agreed to trade four-time Pro-Bowl OT Ryan Clady and a 7th-round pick to the Jets for a 5th-round pick, league sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2016″
Breno Giacomini and D’Brickashaw Ferguson were beat too often last season and while Jets fans have given QB Ryan Fitzpatrick plenty of credit for his magical passes to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker I don’t think he was recognized for his ability to avoid the sack as often as he did.
The question remains, even if you do re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who’s going to protect him?
Let’s face it, the team has been stuck on defense for far too long in the Draft (exclude the Idzik mess of 12 or is that miss of 12) that $20 mill left over when there was no defensive backfield at all in 2014 was all spent on one player in 2015.
With the team theme still stuck on defense (Edge rusher) for yet another draft just who do they intend to field to do the dirty work? We’re already hearing one player singing the praises of Brent Qvale…
Meanwhile the Jets reported signing a WR/KR today.
Pass the gum and bandaids.
It’s been a great run with the New York Jets
Ferguson never missed a in his 10-year career, he played 10,357 out of a possible 10,358 snaps in 170 career games and never appeared on the teams injury reports.
But Brick did “miss” one snap (should we count this?) When he was pulled out verses the Dolphins as then head coach Eric Mangini put in gadget play on the final snap of the 2008 season.
New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows James is the host of OneJetDrive on Blogtalk radio, OneJetDrive Facebook Group and page As well as mixlr. A former U.S. Marine. Semper Fi.