D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s got paid on Wednesday, but other left tackles around the league also had reason to smile.
Foremost among them: Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill, who currently refuses to sign his restricted free agent tender in hopes of a long-term deal.
We’d argue Ferguson deserves more than McNeill, although they are in the same ballpark. While the Jets left tackle’s career appears to be peaking, McNeill’s best play came as a rookie and he’s had more injury issues. McNeill has been up and down since, but is coming off a solid 2009 campaign.
And make no mistake, McNeill’s camp watched Ferguson’s signing Wednesday with great interest. McNeill’s agent Alvin Keels tweeted this shortly after the deal was announced:
“6 years/$60 million/$35 million guaranteed for
D’Brickashaw Ferguson with 2 years left on his. Another premium deal
for a Left Tackle,” Keels wrote.
The not-so-subtle implication: McNeill deserves a premium deal. Ferguson’s contract won’t make that any easier for the Chargers to hand, even if they were inclined to do so.