Ferguson could be first contract addressed by Jets

While the Jets are reportedly ready to make CB Darrelle Revis a $100 million man (although the real value of his deal will be in the guaranteed money and yearly base salary), there’s no guarantee that deal will happen soon, or that the two-time Pro Bowler will be at training camp.

The Jets lead the league this offseason in contracts to address for core starters, including Nick Mangold, OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and LB David Harris, with Revis at the forefront. But buried down a bit in Bob Glauber’s piece for Newsday Thursday was the suggestion that it might not be the deal for Revis that gets done first.

According to Glauber, the Jets are farther along in negotiations on a long-term deal with Ferguson “than is widely known.” He suggests that barring problems, a deal with Ferguson could be done before training camp.

Ferguson has been low profile, and it makes sense the Jets start with their Pro Bowl left tackle. The fourth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Ferguson has two years remaining on his six-year, $37.5 million rookie contract that is scheduled to pay, according to the Daily News, $3.1 million in 2010 and $10 million (a club option) in 2011.

UPDATE: Minutes after we posted this blog, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post Tweeted that Ferguson’s agent (who is Brad Blank) called the above report that Ferguson and the Jets are close to a deal “completely untrue.” So, you can completely ignore it, or take it for exactly what it is.

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