Manish Mehta of the Daily News suggests the Jets are mistreating D'Brickashaw Ferguson, taking issue with the fact that the team hasn't broached the topic of a pay cut or relase with Ferguson this offseason.(Mar. 23).
"Not one member of the coaching staff or front office has contacted Ferguson since the season ended, an odd way to deal with a player, who will undoubtedly be inducted in the team's Ring of Honor one day," Mehta writes.
And the Jets owe Ferguson respect, Mehta says:
"There is no loyalty in professional sports, but the Jets should be ashamed of the way they've handled Ferguson's situation this offseason. Sure, it's a cut-throat, bottom-line business, but players like Ferguson should be treated with more respect than what the organization has shown since the season ended."
Obviously I don't know who has (or has not) contacted whom.
It could be it is just as Manish Mehta writes and the Jets never reached out to Ferguson or his agent. In that scenario it seems very likely the Jets' front office is letting Ferguson twist in the wind while they wait to see how the draft plays out.
Considering the sort of player that Ferguson has been for this team over the last ten years, it is hard to side with how the Jets' front office would have handled that situation. For a player of Ferguson's caliber -- despite any slip in play and reticence to re-do his deal -- there should be more of a give and take.
Assuming the offseason has gone the way Mehta lays out, it seems the Jets have guessed that Ferguson and his agent will not restructure the deal. So, they are seeking out alternatives before they broach the subject with him. Kelvin Beachum didn't sign with the Jets so there was no reason to even consider cutting Brick.
Now, I believe the Jets would have to land not one offensive lineman, but two, in the first three rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft to truly consider cutting Ferguson before the start of the season.
I think that the Jets' plan is to draft players to eventually take over, but that they're willing to bite the bullet on Ferguson's 2016 cap costs so that they can gain a $13 million cap savings by cutting him after next season. With no real viable solutions, that is the best and most likely outcome of this offseason between Ferguson and the Jets.