Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cha Ching!!!

Think Donald Penn is paying attention to this?

The New York Jets' contract logjam cleared up some Wednesday, when the team reached agreement on a colossal six-year, $60 million contract extension with offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, according to league sources.

Ferguson had two years remaining on his initial contract, so he now will be tied to the Jets for eight years and $73.6 million.

The guaranteed money is $34.8 million, a new 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 also ties Ferguson with Long for the highest average salary for an offensive lineman.

Its important to note that Ferguson made his first Pro Bowl last year so he's only been there once. Its also worth pointing out that with the Jets having drafted a first round quarterback last year who they want to be the face of the franchise much like what we did in Tampa, they saw the importance of locking down the guy who is going to be protecting his backside.

Now I am not sure about this but I have heard that Donald Penn wasn't asking for anywhere near what Ferguson got. But the longer the Bucs keep messing around, the more left tackles break the bank, the higher his asking price will go I'm sure.

Its time to quit hiding behind the lack of a CBA and Penn's weight issues and pay the man. If nothing else it shows the rest of the team you are serious about winning and that you really are committed to your own good players

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