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LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson Restructures Contract

Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson has restructured his contract, giving the Jets some needed cap relief.

Ferguson was scheduled to earn $9.985 million in guaranteed base salary with an $11.651 million cap number in 2012. According to Mehta, Ferguson agreed to lower his base salary to $985,000, with the remaining $9 million converted to a signing bonus and prorated over the next five seasons.

Ferguson’s restructure, which I had suggested as a possibility last week, clears $7.2 million of space under the cap. The Jets had less than $2 million of cap space prior to reworking Ferguson’s contract.

A 2006 first-round pick out of Virginia, Ferguson has started all 96 games of his NFL career and has been named to three straight Pro Bowls. The Jets signed Ferguson to an seven-year, $70 million contract extension on July 8, 2010.

With increased space under the cap, the Jets can work towards signing nose tackle Sione Pouha to a contract extension. The 33-year-old is unlikely to be franchised, but re-signing him is a priority and the Jets at least have the space to absorb what would be a nearly $8 million tender.

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