Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune offers a unique take on how the D’Brickashaw Ferguson contract could impact Marcus McNeill’s situation in San Diego:
The signing of left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson to a six-year, $60 million contract extension gives the Jets a large leg up in pursuit of the Super Bowl and leaves the Chargers a slightly wobblier stance in their ongoing impasse with their own blindside Pro Bowler, Marcus McNeill.
Granted, San Diego is not New York. Furthermore, the Chargers are neither opening a new stadium in the fall nor scrambling to sell overpriced, underwanted Personal Seat Licenses that have already been deeply discounted. Despite the NFL’s pronounced socialism, individual franchises continue to operate with profoundly different sets of circumstances, debt loads and business models.
One size never did fit all and no one deal necessarily dictates another.
Still, if the Chargers are understandably more risk-averse than the No. 2 football team in America’s No. 1 market, they are also likely to suffer by comparison. Vis-a-vis the Chargers, the Jets appear to be an outfit inclined toward one-upmanship.
Sullivan also points out a very bold Tweet from Alvin Keels, McNeil’s agent: “6 years/$60 million/$35 million guaranteed for D’Brickashaw Ferguson with 2 years left on his (contract). Another premium deal for a Left Tackle.”
McNeil isn’t quite on Ferguson’s level, but undoubtedly, the Jets’ decision to extend their left tackle didn’t do any favors to the Chargers.
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