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#Jets asked D’Brickashaw Ferguson to take a pay cut and instead he decided to retire

Jets starting offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson retired from the NFL today after ten seasons

Jets starting offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired from the NFL today after ten seasons

The New York Jets now have a new draft need. The team was trying to get the former first round pick to take a pay cut, and instead the 32 year old starting left tackle decided to retire.

Ferguson started every play for the past 10 years, and was apparently healthy.  This was a shock to the New York Jets and a shock to the National Football League.

Ferguson, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, had signed a six-year, $60 million contract in 2012.

Ferguson, who never missed a snap because of injury, was scheduled to make $10.38 million this season, which included $8.63 million in base salary. None of it was guaranteed. His retirement is expected to clear more than $9 million in cap room for the Jets.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Ferguson began contemplating retirement when the team approached him about a pay cut, and Ferguson would almost certainly have played this season if the Jets had been willing to pay him the full $10.375 million his contract called for.

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