This left tackle can do the job Dan Leberfeld

ESPN’s Rich Cimini announced today that Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson is retiring.

So where do the Jets turn from here?

To me the answer is simple – Ben Ijalana.

Ijalana, who is currently a free agent, was the Jets’ backup swing tackle the last two seasons.

He was a second-round pick of the Colts in the 2011 draft, but had injury issues in Indianapolis, and was waived on the final cut-down in 2013, and claimed by the Jets.

He is 6-4, 317 pounds with long arms and quick feet. He’s a very athletic lineman who is extremely bright and does a nice job recognizing stunts and blitzes. He has a very quick kick slide, which is important at left tackle.

Ijalana is a viable candidate for the Jets’ left tackle job. He knows the system and will come cheap.

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