Joe McKnight




Jets new left guard Vladimir Ducasse (above).

The Jets signed 2010 2nd round pick, # 61 overall, LG Vladimir Ducasse of UMass to a 4 yr, $ 3.25 M contract, which includes a $1,000,000 signing bonus.

Ducasse, at 6’5, 330 lbs., should be an asset to the Jets line if he can make the jump from Division IAA to the NFL.  Right now, it would appear that Matt Slauson, who played for Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan at Nebraska and last year on the Jets, is the front runner to start at Left Guard.  But Ducasse, a tackle in college, could also be viewed by the Jets as a long term replacement for RT Damien Woody.

Ducasse played tackle in college.

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Ducasse becomes the first player selected in the 2nd round in 2010 to agree to terms with an NFL club.  The Jets also extended the contract of bookend Left Tackle, D’Brickashaw Ferguson yesterday.

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D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ bookend left tackle, charged with protecting star QB Mark Sanchez, signed a 6 year extension worth a potential $ 60 M today which will keep the borderline All Pro with the New York Jets.  Under the terms of the extension, Ferguson will be guaranteed no less than $ 34.8 M.

The team and Ferguson have “verbally” agreed to terms on a long-term extension that will keep him with the Jets through 2017, according to Ferguson’s agent, Brad Blank.

With the six-year, $60 million extension, Ferguson will be making $73.6 million over the next eight years, including $34.8 million in guarantees, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been signed yet.

The guaranteed money is a record for offensive linemen. Ferguson is expected to sign tomorrow.

Ferguson, best friends with Mark Sanchez, has won himself quite a contract–a record contract for offensive linemen in fact–a good sign considering the Jets are negotiating a new contract with their franchise player, CB Darrelle Revis, who is also expected to set a benchmark with his next contract.

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Newest Jet, # 25, Joe McKnight (above).

The Jets have come to terms with 4th round pick and heir apparent to Leon Washington, USC’s RB Joe McKnight, on a 4 yr deal with $2.36 M.

McKnight was slated to receive a signing bonus slightly higher than $572,000 under the NFL slotting principle. He received the standard base salaries of $320,000, $405,000, $490,000 and $575,000.

Drafted 112th overall, McKnight rushed for 2,213 career yards at USC with 13 touchdowns and 66 catches for 542 yards.

He also returned 32 punts for 254 yards and two kickoffs for 50 yards.

Glad to see McKnight signed.  We expect big things from him, and were thrilled the Jets selected him, whom Mike Mayock had as his 6th best back in the 2010 NFL draft.  We agree with Mayock, who feels the Jets got extreme value with this selection, who is also a buddy of QB Mark Sanchez.



Jets’ receiver David Clowney, whose foundation raised over $10,000 for charity last night at a New Jersey Applebee’s, where New York Jets’ players were the wait staff.

“David’s one of my best dudes, so I just needed him to tell me where to be and I was here,” linebacker Vernon Gholston said. “This is like my first extra job outside of football, so this is a little different.”

So was watching the Jets players do all kinds of balancing acts and slow walks to make sure the food they were delivering reached their tables.

“I almost dropped a dessert,” guard Brandon Moore said, grinning. “But I was OK.”

Fans paid $65 for reservations, with $50 of each paid ticket going to The David Clowney Foundation. The wide receiver is raising funds in advance of his trip in July. Over $10,000 was raised. Among the other Jets who helped out were linebacker Bart Scott, quarterback Kellen Clemens, first-round pick Kyle Wilson.

Many of the fans in attendance were decked out in green and white Jets gear.

“It’s just a great thing having the support of my teammates and the fans to help with this,” Clowney said. “I’ve been jumping around since I got here and having fun with everybody.”

Clowney should be applauded for organizing an event that the fans would relish, and that wasn’t too expensive, in light of the economy.  We began to follow Clowney’s efforts on this page as soon as we heard about his trip to Haiti and this unique event.

Hopefully Clowney shows the same type of promise on the field for the 2010 New York Jets.

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