Well, it seems that there is never a dull moment with the New York Jets. On Friday several reports circulated that veteran offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson is set to announce his retirement from the NFL. Ferguson, a 10-year veteran that never missed a game throughout his career, was scheduled to make over $14 million in 2016. The announcement is a stunning turn of events for the Jets who were hoping to retain D’Brickashaw for another year or two, but at a lower contract value.
Impact on the field
It is quite difficult to find a quality offensive lineman, not to mention one at the crucial left tackle position. The retirement of Ferguson will force the Jets to either trade for a veteran like Ryan Clady or look to the draft in the early rounds. I think it is safe to say that Jets fans have been spoiled over the years by D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s durability and consistent level of play.
Off the field
D’Brickashaw’s retirement gives the Jets some much needed cap space (over $9 million), but also creates a huge hole on the roster. General manager Mike Maccagnan will have to explore all options to help address the left tackle position while not giving up valuable assets needed to address other positions. In addition Ferguson’s departure will remove an established veteran presence in the locker room that provided a tremendous amount of leadership for the younger players.
Last but definitely not least, congratulations to D’Brickashaw Ferguson for his excellent career with the New York Jets. Brick was an incredible ambassador for the New York Jets and has earned a spot in the Ring of Honor.