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Report: Ferguson, Jets Agree on Extension

Posted by Randy Lange on July 7, 2010 – 1:07 pm

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.


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29 Responses to “Report: Ferguson, Jets Agree on Extension”

  1. By Ira on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats to Brick! Well deserved for a great player and person. I remember back before the 06 draft and everybody was screaming for Leinart, Young or Bush. And i was hoping for either Williams or Brick. Brick was the soundest pick and great investment by the Jets. He has really developed into one of the best LT in the NFL. Way to go Mr. T and staff. GO JETS!!!!!

  2. By scjoe on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Good for Brick. He may not be the best LT in the game but he is a steady reliable professional who is probably in the top 5. We need to see some progress soon on Mangold and Harris. As for Revis, I am pretty sure a deal gets done before opening day, just hope it conforms with the new CBA and don’t tie the Jets hands for deals after this year.

  3. By uncle joe on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    There is a plan and the the best GM in sports will see it through on HIS terms!

  4. By Crucefijo on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t understand this signing. If Brick have 2 years remaining on his contract why sign him early? Unless Brick unselfishly did a great deed?

  5. By Fish Hunters on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah!

  6. By Eric Zebrowski on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    I dont understand the jets sometimes. Why wouldn’t they give the person that deserves the extention. Derrelle Revis is the best shut down DB in the game and that is very hard to come by in this league which has been a passing league for a long time now. Pay the man what he is worth and make him feel comfortable with the jets cause he is just going to leave us because he’s not happy. The jets do this all the time with there important players. I’m a huge jets fan but i just dont get them sometimes

  7. By Vincent on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a happy Jets fan with that news!! Whooohooo!! Glad we’re keeping Brick!!

  8. By Jetsman on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Good, good. He’s gonna be here for the rest of his career!

  9. By jets13317 on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    good move by both parties he’s a jet who can’t be replaced easily now only a couple more contracts to work on.

  10. By Harrison on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Thank God! But I am PRAYING the Jets re-sign Mangold as well! AN OFFENSE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS LINE! But please tell me this is the beginning of the Jets locking up the “core four” in Mangold Ferguson Harris and Revis

  11. By Pranit on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    This is definitely surprising….Brick still had 2 years left…What about Mangold (who is better than Brick, plus more valuable)? Locking him up first would have been the smarter move, imho. And David Harris — who might be the most underrated defensive player in jets history. Harris is a stud — lock him up with big $$ for a long time. And sign Revis too (I hope Revis agrees to ~10 Mill a year). After these 3 guys, go after Brick.

  12. By MIKE on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Smart move by the Jets. Brick is the most important player that needed an extension, followed by Revis and Harris

  13. By Bob Kole on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Glad 1 down 3 more to go. Guys 2 things to consider when asking why brick first and why with time left on contract. 1) they were able to get brick deal done and seems fair all around. which sets up frame work for the other guys contracts. 2) you sign them now and lock them up cause who knows if some other team is going to pay too much for to a player in the same position and we get the Revis issue where the money to be highest paid is just to much for the position.

  14. By Ira on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    Glad Vlad is signed now. Next up Wilson. Mr. T really had plenty of fireworks for the 4th. While some might ? why Brick first. With all due respect to Mangold and Harris who are both tops in their positions Brick is the one who protects their franchise. That had a lot to do with him getting done first besides many other factors i am sure. Still think depending on how the CBA plays out Mangold gets tagged, Harris the highest 1st rd tender and Revis gets done at some point before 9/13. GO JETS!!!

  15. By Gregg from CA on Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    C’mon, guys… contract negotiations aren’t linear and consecutive, they all go on at the same time but at different paces. You may handle YOUR budget by starting at the top and working down, but teams work on all relevant contracts simultaneously. Some are simpler or are agreed upon more easily, and others take patience and a lot of discussion and adjustment. Nobody was put on hold while Brick was thinking it over, his deal has no impact on the others.

  16. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    I’m still with MJV on honoring contracts and of course I don’t know the inside story on why the Jets have decided to renew these contracts with guys who had so many years left. But that’s what they’ve decided and if you have to renew ‘em, I’d rather see it done the way DF did, keeping his mouth shut, showing up on the field, and accepting a deal that apparently works for everybody. (Not that I can imagine $10 mil a yr NOT working for anybody.) Hopefully this is how it’ll work out with DR, too.

  17. By Ira on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    From what i read that 30% rule is going to make it very difficult for the Jets to get Mangold and Harris done this year. Lets get Wilson done the next few days and then focus on Revis. It will all work out in the end and the Jets will be playing for a Super Bowl run.

  18. By Anonymous on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE D line how is VERNON doing and is JENKS looking healthy that is the only part of the field i wanna be reading about PLEASE :)

  19. By Ira on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Just looking back at that 06 draft it now reminds me of how the Jets had four 1st rd picks in 2000. Brick was #4 and Mangold was #29. But now with the addition of AC #19 and Holmes #25 the Jets have 4 starters on their 2010 roster that were drafted in the 06 1st rd.

  20. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Mark my words you heard it here from MJV, we’ll pay for all these reworked contracts and greedy players not happy no matter how many millions This season one greedy way or another… Why even have contracts why not pay as they go you know each tackle Td pass run int punt kick sack ..Why because more then half would owe money that’s why ..I’m so tired of this crap wish I could just concentrate on my team and football again but that’s not possible its more about players greed then fan enjoyment

  21. By 37 year fan on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Woody , I know this payroll is out of control . Hopefully we get sponser $$ for the new stadium . And hey , if we win a superbowl , think of the t-shirt sales .

  22. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Gregg, I like your point about negotiations. Jets fans like us with too much time on our hands until September have a tendency to read meaning into everything, like who gets signed first, when there are always a lot of factors in play. The most obvious factor with respect to DF vs. DR, for instance, is that DF didn’t start making noise about having to be the highest-paid player at his position. Similarly, Ira, whatever you read about the 30% rule is just the tip of the financial iceberg.

  23. By 37 year fan on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Mangold , and Harris , are critical to our team . There has got to be some way around the 30% rule . For instance a back ended deal . David Harris stood in there last year bleeding and only Mangold could take over for Kevin Mawai . Best centers in the league .

  24. By scjoe on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    With Ducasse signed and Brick extended, the all important left side of the line will be intact for the next four or five years, that is important, no matter what any of you believe about who should have been resigned first, or how many years they have left. If that is your thinking then Revis contract talk should not even come up for another two years. It will not be easy, but I think they all get done by the beginning of the 2011 season, for now, let’s just concentrate on winning a SB this year

  25. By Fish Hunters on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s a question for you Randy based on IRA’s last comment. Bricks new contract starts in two seasons after the old one expires. How would doing deals for Revis, Mangold and Harris work if done in the same light given the 30% rule? In other words does the 30% rule only apply to this year? Is it possible to do a deal for Revis that pays him $1 mil, 5mil, 10 mil then new contract #’s lets say $10 mil a year for 6 starting in the 4th year? Or would that violate the 30% rule?

  26. By Frank on Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    Insane! Before Faneca the guy was almost a bust let’s see how good he plays this year. Signing the other 3 was a bigger prioirity there can’t possibly be enough to go around.

  27. By Marcel Rainey on Jul 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey u guys need to pay revis please so we can get everyone on the same page

  28. By Sal C on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Randy, What is Nick Mangold’s status? Is he signed etc. This guy is an important part of their OL and should be respected as such
    Sal

  29. By Randy Lange on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    Sal C, Nick Mangold is under contract for the 2010 season.

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