Two people familiar with the move say the New York Jets have restructured D'Brickashaw Ferguson's contract, converting $9 million of the Pro Bowl left tackle's 2012 base salary to a signing bonus and helping the team create salary cap space.|||||||
Ferguson, who signed a six-year, $60 million extension in July 2010, now has a base salary of $985,000 for the upcoming season with the possibility of other bonuses. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team had not announced the restructured deal. The New York Daily News first reported the agreement Thursday.
Ferguson has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the New York Jets, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.|||||||
The person requested anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not yet been signed. Terms were undisclosed, but the Jets are expected to announce the deal Thursday, the person says. Ferguson, selected to his first Pro Bowl last season, is one of the anchors of an offensive line that helped the Jets lead the league in rushing a year ago.
Ferguson and teammate Mark Sanchez are attending a state dinner at the White House.|||||||
The players are invited to the dinner in honor of Mexico President Felipe Calderon and his wife. It's the first state dinner hosted by President Obama and his wife, Michelle, since November. Entertainment at the dinner will be provided by Beyonce and by the U.S. Marine Band.
Ferguson has been added to the AFC team for the Pro Bowl.|||||||
Ferguson replaces Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long, who is out with an injury. Ferguson is the fourth Jets player and third Jets offensive lineman on the AFC roster, joining center Nick Mangold, guard Alan Faneca and cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Ferguson is looking for to do better in his second season after an unspectacular first season, one in which he showed flashes of being a future star at one of football's most important yet unheralded positions. It was the other times, when he looked undersized and, at times, outclassed, that worried some. "I feel I've improved from last year, being that it was my rookie year," he said.|||||||
How well Ferguson performs directly impacts the team's passing game, in particular, since he must protect QB Chad Pennington. Expect him to struggle again.