Once an unmovable clog on a perennially monstrous New York Jets’ offensive line, blind side tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson has seemingly fallen off a gridiron cliff in recent years as his team has remained in football purgatory. Today, amid ubiquitous rumors that Gang Green would be asking their left tackle to take a pay cut so they could sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (mostly so Brandon Marshall could tug that beard again), ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports that Ferguson has instead decided to call it quits – in seemingly Quentin Tarantino fashion..
Half of me wants to say thanks for the memories, while the other half wants to toss large pottery at a D’Brick wall considering our starting left tackle is leaving us well after the meat of free agency and with no real options to fall back on other than draft picks (trade up for No. 1 in the 2016 NFL Draft and take Lake City’s Laremy Tunsil perhaps, who’s similarly athletic as shown below?)..
Maybe we should just call it a wash and sign Ben Ijalana, D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s backup the past three seasons, and hand him the starting job. Regardless, this should get interesting – especially with the salary cap game losing elasticity by the minute.
But back to Ferguson’s between-the-lines snowball, which Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson eloquently details with one beautifully indicative visual..
So in other words, numbers tell us it was time for him to retire – especially after 10 long years. Though let’s not forget the iron man approach – during his 10 years with the team, D’Brickashaw Ferguson was on the field for 10,707 of 10,708 snaps, the one he missed being a trick play at the end of a loss to the Dolphins..
Pretty impressive, honestly. After 10 tedious, bruising years it’s fair to say the man deserves to rest.
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