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Jets, Ferguson agree to terms on six-year, $60M extension

The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a contract extension with OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.

NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reports the extension is worth $60 million over six years.

Davis: Ferguson improved

D'Brickashaw Ferguson has improved each and every season in the NFL. Much of his improvement was simply a matter of getting adjusted to the pro game after such high expectations coming out of college.

Ferguson has gotten stronger, and his footwork and hands are just tremendous. The rest of the Jets' line has rubbed off on him, and he's a much more physical player. He's also playing with a lot more confidence now. He's put the time and the effort in, and you don't question the intellgience with which he plays. He really has it all as a left tackle.

-- Charles Davis

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Ferguson had one year, plus an option year, remaining on his rookie deal signed in 2006, worth a total of $13 million.

The Jets are expected to announce the deal Thursday.

The star tackle, who switched agents to sign with Brad Blank in February, will get $34.8 million in guaranteed money, and his average of $10 million per season matches Dolphins OT Jake Long's record for an offensive lineman, a team source tells NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

The total of Ferguson's contract is now worth $73.622 million, with $60 million in new money.

Ferguson is one of four high-profile Jets players seeking new deals this offseason, along with CB Darrelle Revis, C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris.

Unlike his teammates, Ferguson worked very quietly and without public display to get his new deal, a factor in him becoming the first of their young core players to get his extension, a source with knowledge of the situation told La Canfora.

Revis said he wants to become the highest-paid player at his position and the Jets are reportedly willing to offer him a contract worth over $100 million.

Also Wednesday, The Jets agreed to terms with OL Vladimir Ducasse, a second-round pick out of UMass, to a four-year deal worth $3.25, according to Lombardi.

Ducasse is expected to start at guard for the departed Alan Faneca, but could also back up Ferguson at OT, where he played at college.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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