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Timing is curious. If he had the Jets in the loop the whole time, you'd think they'd ask him to hold off his announcement until after the draft if the Jets plan on taking his replacement - especially if they plan to take one in the first round. Or, the timing could be completely on purpose to misdirect other teams and take their QB. 

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2 minutes ago, 32EBoozer said:

You can come to an agreement with a player and then make the adjustments to free up Cap Space.

You can, but if that player finds a team willing to sign him THEN rather than LATER, the player is going to do so.  Perhaps we made such an agreement with Beachum but then the Jaguars swooped in and offered him more money, right away?

The main reason it's been rumored we have a deal with Fitzpatrick in the works was that Fitz has zero other options.

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Even Evan and Joe are not blaming the Jets for this. They refer to his reaction to the Concussion film. 

And they are SOJ all the way

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1 minute ago, slats said:

Timing is curious. If he had the Jets in the loop the whole time, you'd think they'd ask him to hold off his announcement until after the draft if the Jets plan on taking his replacement - especially if they plan to take one in the first round. Or, the timing could be completely on purpose to misdirect other teams and take their QB. 

The timing is that we were asking Brick to take a paycut to free up cap space.  His retirement now gives us $9M to work with so that we can fill another hole or 2 before the draft.

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Would have been nice to retire before the free agency period started, but cant fault a career Jet for a good 10 years.  Thanks.

Now, 

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2 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

With what money? You are naive and dumb. Logic shows differently

You're the Dumb and Naïve one to think the Jets could not have made 2 moves to free up money to sign a LT. How do you think they were going to sign the guy from Miami that the Giants signed. Why bother bidding upwards of $14m before dropping out?

You can structure contracts around to sign these guys with a minimal Cap hit in the 1st yr. You can cut Breno, restructure Marshall or any number of moves to make sure you're not caught with your D!($ hanging out when Brick retires.

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By D'Brickashaw Ferguson

When it comes to football, injuries occur so frequently that they are often considered simply a part of the game. However, should all injuries receive that same level of acquiescence? What about those injuries you never fully recover from? What about those injuries that severely impair the quality of your life even after the game is long over?

I had the opportunity to see the movie Concussion and read the book by Jeanne Marie Laskas on which the film was based. I was astounded by what I learned regarding the NFL and its apparent denial of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s discovery of the link between brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and professional football players.

The movie begins with Mike Webster, the Steelers’ Hall of Fame center, who played for 15 years, stoically giving his speech at his induction ceremony. But as the film progresses, you bare witness to Webster’s self destruction.

How does a man go from the highest individual honor the game can bestow upon him to living out of his car, out of his mind, tasering himself in order to find rest? As I would soon come to find out, he would not be the only one going down this unceremonious path.

Dr. Omalu, a pathologist among his many credentials, was assigned to Webster after his death, and through studying his brain he found clumps of a protein call “tau.” In concentrated forms these clumps form tangles which clog up the brain. This suffocation of healthy brain cells is believed to have caused Webster’s demise.

Dr. Omalu believes it is the repeated blows to the head from playing that are responsible, that football is the cause of this catastrophe, and he is certain that Webster will not be the only case like this.

As the movie goes on and a growing a number of players are found to have had CTE, including Terry Long, Justin Strzelczyk, Andre Waters, Dave Duerson and Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, the shortcomings of the league’s attempt to address the problem become more evident. What was most telling was the range of people it was beginning to affect. One third of its players, the NFL believes, will be affected by some degree of brain injury once they reach retirement. One third.

Perhaps I was a little naïve in my understanding of how the brain is affected by hits to the head. As I understood it, concussions dealt with big collisions, typically occurring at the skill positions, such as a wide receiver or defensive back trying to making a catch and receiving a hit in return from a player he didn’t account for, or a running back meeting a linebacker in the hole and colliding, sending both players to the ground dazed or frozen from the impact. Though I am familiar with examples of offensive lineman who have experienced concussions, it was still my contention that the offensive line was one of the safer positions when it came to being susceptible to head injuries. As I’ve come to find out, it isn’t just the large collisions that can be problematic, but rather the smaller collisions that don’t even amount to concussions but happen far more frequently, that are the real catalysts leading to CTE. Mike Webster was believed to have participated in about 25,000 violent collisions.

After learning all of this, I feel a bit betrayed by the people or committees put in place by the league who did not have my best interests at heart.

Dr. Elliot Pellman was one of the Jets’ team doctors when I was a rookie in 2006, and to learn that he was a part of the group that tried to discredit the scope and impact of brain injuries among players within the league is disheartening.

When you’ve actually competed against a player who was later found to have CTE, it is unsettling. I played against Junior Seau when he was on the New England Patriots several times and never imagined that he would have ultimately succumbed to brain injury.

When I initially heard about 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, who decided to retire after one professional season for the risk of brain injury, I thought perhaps he was acting very abruptly, but now I cannot fault him. If we know the risks, then why do we still play? For me, football has always been more than just the battle, deeper than the strategy between teams or the competition of the weekly individual matchups. It is a brotherhood which you gladly fight and sacrifice for daily. It is the honor of playing a game and being considered the best. There are only about 1,700 players that currently play in the National Football League out of the roughly 7 billion people that are on this planet, and excelling enough to be counted in that small number is a privilege.
The inherent risks are there, but there are measures to make the game safer.

Through the latest CBA in 2011, with the combined efforts of the NFL and Players Association, two-a-day practices have been eliminated, padded practices during the regular season have been regulated to only 14, and there have been heightened standards for team medical staffs. Each year the NFL’s competition committee adds new and amended rules to improve the safety of the game. This year’s rules emphasized increased protection to defenseless players being hit in the head and neck areas and prohibited all offensive players from making peel-back blocks.

With the development of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, rules have been put in place regarding the diagnosis and management of concussions. In addition, the NFLPA has been integral in establishing player benefits like the NFL Player Disability & Neuro-cognitive Benefit Plan, which looks to provide aide to players dealing with football-related injuries and longer-term mental impairment. The NFLPA also partnered with Harvard Medical School in a collaboration that will help ongoing research toward the overall health and safety of NFL athletes. All of this has been put in place in order to promote health and safety and reduce the risk of brain injury. But will it be enough?

Since seeing Concussion, I can’t avoid wondering if I am in danger of experiencing some degree of brain injury when I am done playing. It couldn’t happen to me, right?

I’ve played in 165 games, including playoffs, participated in over 10,000 plays, and this doesn’t even include practices or training camps. Though I cannot remember ever having a concussion, I now know as an offensive lineman that it is the frequency of collisions that can ultimately lead to brain injury. It’s a different conversation when you are involved in the story and not just watching a movie about it. I fear the unavoidable truth is that playing football has placed me in harm’s way, and I am not yet sure of the full extent of what it might cost me.
And yet, would I do it all again? I would, considering what I have accomplished on and off the field because of my relationship with football. My involvement in the game from eighth grade to the NFL has been a journey that I couldn’t imagine not having as part of my life story. But learning about CTE and brain injuries have made me wonder if I would so easily allow my child to follow my footsteps. If I had a son, would I let him play? I struggle to answer this question. I sincerely believe that the game has and will continue to improve on all levels and put its players in the best possible position, but I do have doubts in whether that is something that I would want to let my child pursue.

Read more: http://newyorkjetshampur.com/thread/5552/dbrickashaw-ferguson-retires#ixzz45FCuCY5Y
 

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All time great Jet.  I really hope he remains healthy in retirement.

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Wow,  I'm really surprised by this.   Best to Brick.   A great player and a good man. 

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2 minutes ago, jetrider said:

No surprise. Confirms what I always thought of him.

What does this mean?

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31 minutes ago, Greenseed4 said:

This explains why Breno hasn't been cut. 

Next 

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2 minutes ago, 32EBoozer said:

You're the Dumb and Naïve one to think the Jets could not have made 2 moves to free up money to sign a LT. How do you think they were going to sign the guy from Miami that the Giants signed. Why bother bidding upwards of $14m before dropping out?

You can structure contracts around to sign these guys with a minimal Cap hit in the 1st yr. You can cut Breno, restructure Marshall or any number of moves to make sure you're not caught with your D!($ hanging out when Brick retires.

Cutting Breno would cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Restructuring Marshall is like dealing with a land mine.

There is a reason why the Jets took so long to get to talking with Brick about a pay cut. It's because they had a feeling that he was contemplating retirement.

Logic trumps all.

Brick knew that he was going to have to take a pay cut. Restructuring is not in the Jets best interest because of his age. 

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7 minutes ago, slats said:

Timing is curious. If he had the Jets in the loop the whole time, you'd think they'd ask him to hold off his announcement until after the draft if the Jets plan on taking his replacement - especially if they plan to take one in the first round. Or, the timing could be completely on purpose to misdirect other teams and take their QB. 

Or maybe we could have gotten a definitive answer before FA began? That would have helped us out tremendously.

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1 minute ago, 32EBoozer said:

Or maybe we could have gotten a definitive answer before FA began? That would have helped us out tremendously.

Who? And at what price?

Again, think logically

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2 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

Cutting Breno would cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Perhaps.  But Breno was just plain lousy last season.  He graded out as a good run blocker in Seattle, in a zone blocking scheme similar to Gailey's no less, but didn't show any of that last season.  And he was already a below average pass blocker. 

Basically, if PFF has any credibility, we had one of the worst starting LT-RT combos in the NFL last season. 

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32 minutes ago, kmnj said:

and he said he was planning on playing-what changed they wanted him to take a massive pay cut

 

 

OK, so what?  He was declining, he wasn't worth the money they were paying him.  It was a standard move to try and get him to take a paycut.....if they even got to that point since all accounts show he was contemplating retirement for quite some time now.  Paying him 14m this year was not an option.  He was a great Jet, glad he's retiring a Jet, and he deserves to be up in the ring of honor.  But you're poo-poo'ing the fact the Jets were going to ask him to take a paycut when it was absolutely the correct move for the team to do? 

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4 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

Cutting Breno would cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Restructuring Marshall is like dealing with a land mine.

Both these statements are so Silly.

Breno was one of your worst players and adding a yr. onto your best player is logical for cap relief

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Just now, Jetsfan80 said:

Perhaps.  But Breno was just plain lousy last season.  He graded out as a good run blocker in Seattle, in a zone blocking scheme similar to Gailey's no less, but didn't show any of that last season.  And he was already a below average pass blocker. 

Basically, if PFF has any credibility, we had one of the worst starting LT-RT combos in the NFL last season. 

NEvertheless, you're filling one hole but creating another. Not a good way to run things.

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Just now, 32EBoozer said:

Both these statements are so Silly.

Breno was one of your worst players and adding a yr. onto your best player is logical for cap relief

Marshall's old too remember. Not good for the long term. 

See, everybody is thinking about the Jets in the short term. Need to think in the long term. That's how the Pats did it and that's how we need to do it.

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29 minutes ago, Freemanm said:

Wow. He has to go down as the best offensive lineman in team history. Too bad Rex Ryan wasted so many of his seasons. He deserved a Super Bowl

Marvin Powell was a much better Tackle. And that is only at the tackle position. Jets have had a bevy of great o-linemen. Had to protect Namath, you know. DBrick is up there, but not all time great

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3 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

NEvertheless, you're filling one hole but creating another. Not a good way to run things.

Ideally we could sign a scrapheap LT, draft Taylor Decker or a guy like him, let him compete at RT with Breno, then eventually swing over to LT. 

Or, by some miracle, maybe we already have an OT on the roster ready to step into one of the 2 roles.

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4 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

Who? And at what price?

Again, think logically

I've come to realize that you don't comprehend logical thought.

Who, and at what cost? I don't really have the desire to go through all the possibilities of FA with you.

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Just now, 32EBoozer said:

I've come to realize that you don't comprehend logical thought.

Who, and at what cost? I don't really have the desire to go through all the possibilities of FA with you.

Well to prove your case, you're going to have to. Otherwise, I win. 

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Just now, Jetsfan80 said:

Ideally we could sign a scrapheap LT, draft Taylor Decker or a guy like him, let him compete at RT with Breno, then eventually swing over to LT. 

I would consider Qvale to be at the level of a scrapheap guy so technically, we're still on track.

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Great Jet - Class Act.   "Brick, thanks for dedication and professionalism over the past 10 years.

God Bless and best of luck to you and your family moving forward, and most importantly,

stay in touch and continue to lead by example."   

Savoy Brown

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Whoa. Did not see that coming. Smart choice for him. And at least this should free up plenty of cap space!

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Just now, UnitedWhofans said:

I would consider Qvale to be at the level of a scrapheap guy so technically, we're still on track.

How about Ryan Clady?  Seems inevitable the Broncos will cut him eventually. 

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3 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

Well to prove your case, you're going to have to. Otherwise, I win. 

Whatever.

Shouldn't you be in your Algebra 1 class right now?

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34 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

Bullsh*t. He has never show a greedy bone. This is not in his character.

It's not bullsh*t. Why would you want to play at a reduced rate when you're accustomed to making so much more. Better to move on. He made his money and is really leaving on his own terms. 

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Just now, Jetsfan80 said:

How about Ryan Clady?  Seems inevitable the Broncos will cut him eventually. 

If you could get that done it would be upgrade in terms of play .. 

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4 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

Marshall's old too remember. Not good for the long term. 

See, everybody is thinking about the Jets in the short term. Need to think in the long term. That's how the Pats did it and that's how we need to do it.

This team's window is 1-2 years.  Once Marshall is done its rebuilding time except now we need a Left Tackle and a legit argument can be made for Right Tackle

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See, the Jets did nothing wrong in this case. This is about a guy who knew he was going to have to take a paycut, and that combined with the ramifications of the Concussion movie made him decide to retire.

It's not the Jets fault to offer him a paycut, WHEN HE KNEW ONE WAS COMING ANYWAY

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