Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sources: Ferguson gets huge extension
By Adam Schefter
The New York Jets' contract logjam cleared up some Wednesday, when the team reached agreement on a colossal six-year, $60 million extension with offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, according to league sources.
Ferguson, 26, had two years remaining on his $37.5 million initial contract, so he now will be tied to the Jets for eight years and $73.6 million. Ferguson was the team's first-round draft pick, fourth overall, in 2006.
The guaranteed money is $34.8 million, a record for an offensive lineman, surpassing the $30 million in guaranteed money that the Miami Dolphins gave No. 1 overall pick Jake Long.
Ferguson's deal will be signed Thursday and he will be under contract through 2017. The deal ties Ferguson with Long for the highest average salary for an offensive lineman.
Technically, Ferguson's deal is for five years with a one-year option at the end, but the option is likely to be picked up.
Ferguson is the first of four Jets who have wanted new deals to sign one. His deal leaves the Jets now trying to re-sign cornerback Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold and linebacker David Harris.
Ferguson's agent, Brad Blank, believes Ferguson's deal could mean other contracts will get done soon.
"I think it helps stop the logjam and gives the others a template," Blank said.
Revis, whom Jets coach Rex Ryan said deserved the defensive player of the year award after last season, has not seen any progress toward his deal this offseason.
The Jets also agreed to a four-year, $3.25 million deal with their second-round pick, guard Vladimir Ducasse, Ducasse's agent, Joe Linta, confirmed. Ducasse also received a $1.25 million signing bonus.
"He's excited to be there. He doesn't want any vacation; he wants to get back to work," Linta said.
Ducasse, the 61st overall pick, is competing with Matt Slauson for the starting left guard spot. Alan Faneca had started there the past two seasons, but was cut after the Jets drafted Ducasse.
Three of the Jets' four draft picks have signed, with only first-rounder Kyle Wilson not under contract.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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