D’Brickashaw Ferguson plans to retire from Jets

Smith, Bryan,, Freelance NYDN

D’Brickashaw Ferguson is picked by the Jets with the fourth pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

A week after the Jets approached D’Brickashaw Ferguson about slashing his salary, the three-time Pro Bowl left tackle has informed the team that he will retire after 10 incredibly durable seasons. The 32-year-old Ferguson had been contemplating retirement for weeks, according to sources, for a variety of reasons.

The Daily News reported this week that the Jets recently asked Ferguson to take a significant pay cut to give them salary cap relief to help re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Ferguson, who had two years remaining on a blockbuster eight-year, $ 73.6 million contract, was weighing the benefits of playing on a reduced salary or hanging up his cleats altogether.

Ferguson never missed a snap due to injury in his 10-year career. He played 10,357 out of a possible 10,358 snaps in 170 career games. He never even appeared on the injury report.

The Jets will free up $ 9.1 million in cap space that will ostensibly be used to bring back Fitzpatrick and create room to sign their drafted rookies.

The team wasn’t surprised by the move. They are working on a plan to replace Ferguson.

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