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New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)
New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)

Former Jets OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson still gets asked if would kneel during the national anthem despite being out of the NFL today. 

Well, he broke that silence on Monday when he penned an article addressing that exact question. Ferguson began his piece by noting his thoughts about the anthem protests reached its peak while watching the Jets against the Dolphins last season.

He saw how the entire team locked arms on the sideline, and wondered what he could do. 

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Video: D'Brickashaw Ferguson talks about his retirement

In an appearance on Daily News Live presented by Citi, former Jets offensive lineman D'Brickashaw Ferguson said there's a likelihood that Jets Pro Bowl defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will sign elsewhere.

"I don't know if he's going to remain a Jet," Ferguson said of his former teammate, who has had over 60 tackles three of the past four years. "I think if the Jets wanted to sign him to a long-term deal they would've done that, there's no reason why they couldn't have offered something earlier. I think that there's a likelihood that he might go somewhere else."

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New York Jets offensive tackle Ben Ijalana walks out to the field prior to the start of training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive tackle Ben Ijalana walks out to the field prior to the start of training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets re-signed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana as part of their plan to replace the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson, the team announced.

The Jets also acquired Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos to bolster their offensive line. Ijalana's deal is for one year worth $840,000 with $150,000 guaranteed, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

Previous reports (April 8)

The New York Jets plan to re-sign offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, according to the Associated Press' Dennis Waszak Jr., as part of their contingency plan to replace D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who retired on Friday.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Welcome to the 11th installment of the BGA: 2016 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I'll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In our previous installment, we looked at this year's cornerback prospects, and we now move on to look at offensive tackles.

I'll be discussing whether the Jets are likely to have a need at these positions and reviewing some of the top prospects along with some players that might be options later on.

These articles are not necessarily meant to be exhaustive, so if you wish to bring some other prospects into the discussion, please do so in the comments section below.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, D'Brickashaw Ferguson
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New York Jets guard Willie Colon (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets guard Willie Colon (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)

Willie Colon watched his friend D'Brickashaw Ferguson walk away from football, capped by a celebration of a terrific 10-year career at the New York Jets' facility.

Retirement might be fine for Ferguson. Not so much for Colon. Not yet, anyway.

"The fire and the want-to to play the game is still very much bright and fiery in my heart," Colon said Thursday after Ferguson's retirement news conference.

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Woody Johnson spoke about D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson on Thursday.

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D'Brickashaw Ferguson announced his retirement after 10 seasons with the Jets, and Jeane Coakley caught up with him.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson insists it was simply time for him to walk away from football and that playing at a high level in the NFL was becoming increasingly more difficult.

The 32-year-old New York Jets left tackle, who recently announced his retirement, was honored Thursday during a news conference at the team's facility that was attended by several current and former teammates.

Ferguson made headlines last season when he said he felt "betrayed" by the NFL's past approach to head injuries after watching the movie "Concussion." But he says the potential effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy didn't factor into his decision.

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New York Jets player D'Brickashaw Ferguson sits court side during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Jets player D'Brickashaw Ferguson sits court side during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

D'Brickashaw Ferguson is retiring from the NFL. He penned a letter to the Jets and their fans, thanking them for his 10 years with the team.

 


New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during a game against against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton)
New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during a game against against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton)

We could write reams on what D'Brickashaw Ferguson has meant to the New York Jets, but since I am playing Mr. Mom for five days while my wife parties it down in the Centennial State for a college roommate's wedding, let's start with what actions the Jets can take over the next month to fortify their offensive line for the 2016 NFL season...

Free Agency

To me, Ferguson's retirement only underscores the crucial miss that the Jets made in not landing former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum. The Jets front office appears to have overestimated Ferguson's desire to return or any duty/loyalty he had to return for his 11th season. I get that this is only Mike Maccagnan's second year as general manager, but the bill is coming due for the Jets neglect at using the NFL Draft as a tool to properly address this crucial part of any team. The Jets have made it known their like their own Brent Qvale as a potential starter, but is he ready? We will find out soon enough what the team really thinks about him.

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New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)
New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)

New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson retired healthy after a 10-year career, according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.

Ferguson, 32, chose to retire because he felt he could not play up to his usual standard, according to Cimini.

He played in all 16 games in each of his 10 seasons in the NFL since the Jets picked him fourth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. In fact, Ferguson has missed just one play out of 10,708 offensive snaps in the regular season, according to ESPN's Field Yates, and never appeared on an injury report, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have asked LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson to take a pay cut, in part to clear space to help them re-sign free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

The pay cut for Ferguson would be "significant," according to Mehta, who notes that the Jets "made it clear" to Ferguson that him accepting the pay cut would help them retain Fitzpatrick.

Ferguson, 32, is set to count $14.1 million against the cap this coming season.

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(Rich Barnes)

Manish Mehta of the Daily News suggests the Jets are mistreating D'Brickashaw Ferguson, taking issue with the fact that the team hasn't broached the topic of a pay cut or relase with Ferguson this offseason.(Mar. 23).

"Not one member of the coaching staff or front office has contacted Ferguson since the season ended, an odd way to deal with a player, who will undoubtedly be inducted in the team's Ring of Honor one day," Mehta writes.

And the Jets owe Ferguson respect, Mehta says:

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New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)
New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)

When asked about offensive lineman D'Brickashaw Ferguson and his future with the Jets, head coach Todd Bowles replied, "Right now, he's on our team," according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Bowles went on to give Ferguson a lukewarm assessment of his 2015 season, saying he had some good games and some not-so-good games.

With Ferguson set to have a $14.1 million cap charge this season, there is speculation that the Jets might cut the veteran lineman in order to save over $9 million. 

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Robert Griffin III (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Robert Griffin III (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

RG3 visits FP, NJ

The talks with Ryan Fitzpatrick and his agent Jimmy Sexton stalled badly. There might not be acrimony between the Jets and Fitzpatrick, but until someone blinks, nothing should change. So, the Jets requested a visit with Robert Griffin III, which seems to have everyone either excited or anxious. I'm sure there's legitimate interest on the part of the Jets, but this feels like an attempt to make Fitzpatrick sweat. In the nicest way, I'll say I'm hesitant about the sort of offense the Jets could run with RG3 as the team's starter, but I am not going to burn too many calories on that yet. As a backup, I'm fine with RG3 being in New York (although Geno Smith might not be as enthused), but to have him as a presumptive leader heading into a QB competition in training camp? Pass the Prozac.

Beachum hits the beaches

Former Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum visited with the Jets and apparently is heading to Jacksonville to visit with Gus Bradley and the salary cap-rich Jaguars. I believe Beachum would be a good solution for the Jets given their level of play at both tackle spots. Whatever transpired between him and the Jets didn't force the lineman to rip up his itinerary to Florida, so assume the money wasn't stunning from the player's side. I hoped the Jets would clear a salary path for Beachum while also keeping D'Brickashaw Ferguson for one last year, and that still could happen, but the Jets will have to up whatever offer they've already made for Beachum.

My kingdom for a linebacker

Some of the better players at the linebacker position have been snapped up by ambitious teams, but a quick look at a free agency tracker shows there a lot of options the Jets could pick through over the next few weeks. Erin Henderson hasn't signed with the Raiders, so there's still hope he could be back with the Jets in 2016.

Tags: Chris Owusu, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Erin Henderson, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zach Sudfeld, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL free agency begins next week. Will the Jets release more players in an effort clear some more room? Will they be as active as they were a year ago? Who needs to get restructured contracts? What will happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick? As we already looked at highly unlikely outcomes and uncertain outcomes, we now look at some highly likely outcomes that the Jets face.

Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick

It is no secret the Jets and Fitzpatrick will get a deal done. The only thing left undetermined is the structure of the deal. Dom Cosentino suggests that the Eagles deal with Sam Bradford might be a template for Fitzpatrick.

I'd look for something aligned with Nick Foles' August 2015 contract with the Rams. Expect the Jets to create a deal which pays Fitzpatrick close to $12 million in 2016 and might guarantee as much as $15 million, but which includes an opt-out clause for Fitzpatrick if he hits certain playing incentives, likely close to what he accomplished in 2015.

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With the news a few weeks ago that the 2016 NFL salary cap would be $155 million, it appears there might be a little extra room in the budget this season now that the Jets have cut Antonio Cromartie.

While the Jets might be modest players in free agency, they still have three big hurdles to clear before they can offer any contracts to prospective free agents. First, they need to come to terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Second, they need to either sign or franchise Muhammad Wilkerson. Third, they have some more cap cleanup moves yet to come, be that restructuring D'Brickashaw Ferguson, cutting Breno Giacomini and/or clearing out a few other players like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland.

How should the Jets spend the extra cap space? Here's some suggestions, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Breno Giacomini, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jeff Cumberland, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Nick Mangold blocks against the Patriots. (AP)
Nick Mangold blocks against the Patriots. (AP)

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each position on the New York Jets roster and seeking your input on who you think should stay and who you think should go. Up next, the Jets' offensive linemen.

Overview: In short, the Jets line is in trouble and the front office needs to find ways to get the group substantially younger and better this offseason. Center Nick Mangold is still the crown jewel of the group and D'Brickashaw Ferguson is a passable left tackle, but the rest of the group you could easily do better. For the Jets the problem will be navigating the salary cap with cap clogging contracts in the offing for Muhammad Wilkerson and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The most efficient course would be to use some early draft picks to draft talented linemen as it would save them in free agency. If there is one good thing, it is that the John Idzik and then Mike Maccagnan regimes have used numerous late-round draft picks on offensive linemen. This is the time for them to either make a contribution or they could be out the door.

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Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Jarvis Harrison, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson, Willie Colon, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during a game against against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton)
New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during a game against against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton)

With their 2016 opponents now set, the sledding won't get any easier as they pulled a schedule of games including two of the toughest divisions: the AFC North and the NFC West. Most fans are now left worrying what the team's offseason plan may be with many key players expected to hit free agency in March. What will the Jets do now?

Part 1: Performance & Financial Based Cuts

Part 2: Restructuring

Part 3: Time To Sign

Part 4: Free Agency

Part 5: The Draft

Part 6: Overview

Some players might not need to be cut, but in order for them to stay with the Jets it would make the team most effective if they were to restructure their deals. Listed in order of most to least urgent…

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Dee Milliner, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 22-17. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (Bill Wippert/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 22-17. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (Bill Wippert/AP)

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Bills.

Jeff (via e-mail): Can you post a video of the "near" miracle catch with 17 seconds left? Really trying to see it again, have not been able to find it. Need to torture myself and see just how close we really were to a miracle ending. 

Here's a link if you're still feeling masochistic.

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The New York Jets offensive line tries to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USATSI)
The New York Jets offensive line tries to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USATSI)

The offensive line got off to a rough start as the Bills controlled the clock for much of the first half. D'Brickashaw Ferguson whiffed on a block as the first run of the day was stuffed and it didn't get much better from there. In fact, I didn't have a single positively-graded play for any of the offensive linemen until the second quarter.

The second quarter got off to a better start, as James Carpenter initially doubled with Ferguson and then peeled off to seal his man at the second level to the outside. Ferguson and Nick Mangold controlled their blocks at the point of attack to create a huge lane for Chris Ivory's long run.

The Jets didn't dominate up front like this very often though. Brian Winters had a couple of good run blocks at the point of attack, but also missed a couple of times at the second level.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Breno Giacomini defends against New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
New York Jets offensive tackle Breno Giacomini defends against New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

Right from the outset, the Jets were on the front foot in the trenches, creating some excellent running lanes and controlling the point of attack. This enabled them to pick up some good yardage between the tackles early on. The running game wasn't quite as effective in the second half, but still continued to grind out yardage, even after Chris Ivory had suffered an injury.

The line fared well in pass protection too, doing a good job of limiting the amount of pressure Ryan Fitzpatrick was under and only allowing him to be sacked once.

While they fared well as a unit, not everyone on the line had a great individual performance. Right tackle Breno Giacomini, in particular, had his struggles. He was beaten for the sack which led to Fitzpatrick's fumble and Jamie Collins's touchdown return, and got beaten a few other times in pass protection. He was also inconsistent in the running game, letting his man get off the block to get in on a tackle or leverage him into the path of the runner on a handful of occasions.

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The New York Jets line up against the Tennessee Titans for a field goal at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
The New York Jets line up against the Tennessee Titans for a field goal at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

With the array of all-pro talent that the Jets' offensive line has had to deal with in recent weeks, this game must have come as something of a relief. While Jurell Casey is underrated, the Jets managed to limit the damage he was able to do as each of the starting linemen contributed towards a performance that saw the Jets give up just one sack and rush for 183 yards.

I said earlier the Jets "went through the motions" in the second half and the blocking up front in the running game was one place where that appeared to be the case. After consistently creating big running lanes in the first half, enabling the Jets to average over seven yards per carry, they were held to just 56 yards on 16 carries (an average of 3.5) in the second half.

Center Nick Mangold led the way, controlling the point of attack in the running game all day and doing a solid job in pass protection. The only sack of the day was a miscommunication, as he tried to pass off his man to James Carpenter in order to pick up the man stunting underneath, but Carpenter didn't react in time. Other than that, the Titans didn't have any quarterback hits.

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New York Jets center Nick Mangold snaps the ball against the New York Giants during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold snaps the ball against the New York Giants during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

Unexpectedly, the Giants opted to line Jason Pierre-Paul -- who had played at right defensive end all season -- on the left side. The Jets perhaps weren't prepared for this, because right tackle Breno Giacomini had a horrible time with him. Pierre-Paul was wielding his protective mitt like a weapon, something which is supposedly against the rules these days, and he rocked Giacomini over and over again as he racked up consistent pressure all game long.

This was the source of most of the Jets' issues on the offensive line on the day. Giacomini didn't give up a sack, but the amount of times he got beaten in pass protection was well into double figures. Right guard Brian Winters was able to save him a couple of times but Pierre-Paul still got home on a couple of the plays where Winters came over to double-team him.

It was a strange game for Winters, who started the game pretty well but then had a series of really bad plays in quick succession -- allowing two run stuffs, a sack and a quarterback hit. Then he seemed to settle down again, although he also got called for a hold and had a poor second half in the running game. Is it unique to consider an offensive lineman as "streaky"?

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Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) tries to get past New York Jets right guard Brian Winters (67) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (68) in Game 12 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) tries to get past New York Jets right guard Brian Winters (67) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (68) in Game 12 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Facing the formidable Ndamukong Suh for the second time this season, the Jets once again handled the Dolphins' front seven by limiting the damage he was able to do. Suh had four tackles (one for a loss) and a quarterback hit, but Miami only had one sack as a team and the Jets were able to rush for 137 yards.

The Jets opted to take a different approach to the challenge of mitigating Suh this time, relying a lot more often on quick-developing plays and hoping their linemen could handle him one-on-one in those situations. There were mixed results here, with right guard Brian Winters getting badly owned by him a few times, including on fourth and short on the first drive and early in the third quarter where he got driven into the backfield and his holding penalty negated a long run.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News tweeted after the game that Winters "won the head-to-head match-up" with Suh both times this season, based solely on Suh's numbers, but the reality was that he rarely had to block him one-on-one and often got blown up when he did. Nevertheless they asked more of him this time than last time, which could be a sign that he's developing and settling into that starting right guard role. I wouldn't go overboard with the praise yet though, because this was still an extremely uneven performance from him.

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Entering this game, it was pretty obvious that the Jets were going to have to figure out a way to slow down J.J. Watt. That didn't go so well, as Watt racked up two sacks, five quarterback hits, five tackles for loss and led the Texans in total tackles.

However, they did figure out one way to slow him down, as they ran 26 plays in the fourth quarter and he had just one tackle (on a four yard run) and one quarterback hit. The Jets had run 37 plays in the other three quarters, during which he did the rest of that damage. He wasn't rested in the fourth, nor is he typically the type of player who will wear down over the course of the game. They were simply able to slow down his influence by upping the tempo and throwing more quick passes. That begs the question; why didn't they do that from the start?

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson
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