Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson to retire

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In fact, Ferguson missed only one offensive snap in 10 years, and that was a trick play when the entire offensive line was removed. During his tenure with the New York Jets he never missed a game, playing in 167 consecutive contests, including playoffs.

Earlier this week, it was reported the Jets asked Ferguson to take a pay cut to help them maneuver the salary cap, but now it appears the team won't have to worry about paying him a dime. Like Ferguson, Conklin has the feet and length to remain outside after starring at left tackle in college.

If the Jets do decide to draft Lynch, they could sit him behind Fitzpatrick for a year or two in order to learn the offense and ease into becoming an National Football League player. While Lynch has the physical tools to become a competent National Football League starting quarterback, he is not ready to play his rookie season. NY could also aim for a left tackle in the draft with the 20th overall selection, or pursue one in a trade. Prior to Ferguson's release, the NFLPA listed the Jets as have a shade under $2.5 million. Ijalana was a second-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts back in 2011 but he has only played in seven career games and has durability concerns. There has been no injury till now and he had been able to play all 160 games with fitness. While Long likely isn't the ideal answer as a starter, he'd at least bring some veteran depth.

As part of their contingency options, the Jets are expected to re-sign tackle Ben Ijalana, who has served as Ferguson's backup, according to a person familiar with the team's plans. Coleman is 25 and raw, because he missed three seasons after beating and recovering from cancer.

Despite the immediate pressing need this creates at left tackle, Gang Green has no reason to panic about the situation. The Ohio State tackle doesn't have the highest ceiling, but could start right away. One issue, though, is that the Jets are thin on draft picks, holding just six in total. They could also try to wait out the Broncos and hope they just release Clady.

Close as I can figure, the Jets have an offer of slightly more than $7 million per year on the table for Fitzpatrick...

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