The numbers are rolling in for Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s new contract, and it looks like a win-win for both sides.
Ferguson gets $34.8 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That total passes Jake Long for the most guaranteed money handed to an offensive lineman.
The deal works out as a six-year, $60 million extension to his rookie contract, so Ferguson is due $73.6 million over the next eight years. Ferguson is scheduled to be a Jet through 2017.
The totals are massive, but it’s a contract that looks friendly on the surface to the Jets, as well. We don’t know whether the contract is backloaded, but getting a young Pro Bowl left tackle signed for under $10 million-per-season qualifies as a positive.
This is also a rare deal of this length that could approach completion, considering Ferguson’s talent and the longevity of top left tackles. The Jets will also likely pay a lot of upfront money before the salary cap comes back into the fold.