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D'brickashaw Ferguson the talented 32 year old Left Tackle for the New York Jets is retiring sources tell ESPN.
Ferguson was approached last week about taking a pay cut from his $14.1 million cap hit in upcoming season. This was done most likely to free up cap room for Ryan Fitzpatrick who is still dangling in the free agent market. A lot of Jets players, Brandon Marshall, have made it clear that they want Fitz back. That is understandable considering he just had his best statistical season to date.
Ferguson retiring helps the team that before his retirement is sitting at under 1 million in cap space. With Ferguson on the retirement books, the Jets would save $9 million. Which possibly frees up space for Fitz, it at least frees up a lot of space for rookie contracts. The Jets only have 6 draft picks, so waiting to use the 9 million they just freed up would be a mistake. Right now they sit at $10 million in cape space, and two huge holes at the QB and LT position. Best move is to sign Fitz and go for a tackle prospect in the first round. A lot of teams have found success in the middle/later picks of the first round. The Patriots hit on Nate Solder with the 17th pick overall. 49ers got Joe Staley with the 28th pick. Brandon Albert was drafted by the Chiefs with the 15th pick. If Jake Conklin, Michigan state, or Ronnie Staley, Notre Dame, drop then they can pick him up with the 20th pick. If they don't drop, and the Jets do not trade up then they could grab Taylor Decker out of Ohio State. If they wanted to grab Decker it would be smart to trade down out of the 20 spot and get him later on in the draft because his value is right around the 27+ pick range. He is a projected 1-2 round pick. That way they have a chance to get another pick to fill out their roster and a good chance that they get a top 70 pick for trading down.
Who knows what the Jets will do, they seem to always make the wrong decision. Todd Bowles seems like a decent head coach, he is good defensive coach. All we gotta do is wait and hope they do the wrong thing.
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