Jets Player Release

DBrick abruptly retires, leaves huge hole on left side

Admin - April 8, 2016

LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson announced that he's going to retire from the NFL after 10 seasons. Ferguson, 32, never missed a game in his entire career, never missed a practice and never appeared on the injury report. According to various reports, Ferguson just felt that he could no longer perform at his usual Pro Bowl level.

The Jets drafted him in the first round of the 2006 draft at #4 overall, the same draft that also netted C Nick Mangold at #29. Ferguson played more than 10,000 snaps in his career, missing only one -- the final play of the 2008 season when the Gang Green tried a trick play, placing CB Darrelle Revis in Ferguson's spot.

Ferguson's retirement leaves a huge hole on the left side of the Gang Green's offensive line. There are a few draft prospects that can be had at #20 overall, where the Jets are going to select in the 1st round. There are also a few veterans, such as Denver's Ryan Clady, along with Jake Long, Khalif Barnes and Will Beatty.

On the positive side, the Jets have $9M more in cap space, which should help them resign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.