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Jets lose left tackle to retirement

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2016 – 9:41 am

According to ESPN.com Jets reporter Rich Cimini, New York’s LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson is calling it a career after 10 seasons. While that may help the Jets cap situation so they can pony up some more money for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, it could also impact the direction they go in round one of the 2016 NFL draft.

With Ferguson hanging it up it puts the Jets in an immediate need position. There are some offensive tackles still out on the market, but they’ll cost a lot more than a rookie. The Jets have a host of positional needs and the general consensus was New York would look at edge rusher early and address their right tackle situation soon after with cornerback talent also needed behind aging Darrelle Revis knowing that Buster Skrine, though coming off a solid year is a stop gap player.

Will the Jets need to flip the script in round one? It’s likely. They’ll probably choose to live another year with RT Breno Giacomini and address left tackle in the first round provided the third or fourth best tackles are still on the board in Michigan State’s Jack Conklin or Ohio State’s Taylor Decker. New York picks 20th right after the Bills at 19 in round and they have just six picks.


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