D’Brickashaw Ferguson and the Jets have agreed on a contract extension, according to a report this afternoon on 1050 ESPN New York.
The Jets have not confirmed the report. But if true, it marks means the left tackle everyone calls Brick remains on an upward climb as a pro, which began when the Green & White selected him with the fourth overall choice in the 2006 draft out of Virginia.
Ferguson, who has grown in size and stature each season while not missing any Jets games or starts, told newyorkjets.com on the fourth day of the 2009 training camp at SUNY Cortland, "I’m definitely going to make the Pro Bowl this year."
He never looked back. With Ferguson protecting then-rookie QB Mark Sanchez’s blind side and he and his linemates joining forces to produce the NFL’s No. 1-ranked rushing offense, the Jets O-line gained recognition as the league’s best unit and were key contributors to the march to the AFC Championship Game in Indianapolis. Along the way Brick extended his ironman streaks to 64 consecutive regular-season starts and 68 if you include the playoffs.
Also on the Jets’ playoff quest, Ferguson, who was voted an alternate to the Pro Bowl, learned he would indeed be playing for the AFC all-stars as a replacement for Miami left tackle Jake Long. He joined center Nick Mangold and guard Alan Faneca on the AFC line at the game at Sun Life Stadium a week before Super Bowl XLIV.
"It was a bold statement," Ferguson told us in the days before the Pro Bowl of his assertion. "I looked at our schedule and at some of the players I’d be going up against. I thought I could be pessimistic or optimistic about what was ahead. I chose to be optimistic about it."
Ferguson’s always been a positive guy. If this report pans out, it will be interesting to see how much optimism he has for himself and his teammates in Year 2 of training camp at Cortland, the start of which is now less than four weeks away.
Tags: Alan Faneca, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Pro Bowl
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