Report: Jets OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson retiring

Just 32 years old and after starting every single game during his 10-year career, New York Jets left tackle┬áD’Brickashaw Ferguson is apparently stepping away from the game.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini was the first to report the rather shocking news that the three-time Pro Bowler is retiring from the NFL:

Set to earn $14.1 million in total cash this upcoming season, a healthy Ferguson stepping away from the game had to blindside the Jets, who are now going to be in a desperate position to find a blindside protector to replace a player that has started every game at that position for the past decade.

Remember, it was just a couple days ago that reports surfaced the Jets had asked Ferguson to take a pay cut in order to help the team re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (via NFL.com).

While that’s not going to be an issue anymore, the hole Ferguson’s retirement leaves at left tackle is a major problem for a Jets squad that surprised everyone by winning 10 games a season ago.

Ferguson’s retirement is the latest in a string of players seemingly in their prime giving up millions to preserve their long-term health.

It really is a shocking trend for a game that’s quickly seeing players take note of the health issues it┬ácauses.