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Walk Off

ON APRIL 8, Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, 32, announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL. The team had asked him to take a cut from his $10.375 million salary. Instead, Ferguson, who has cited health concerns in the past even though he has missed only one play in 167 starts, joined the list of guys walking away before their time.

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NAME

TEAM

POS.

AGE

MONEY EARNED* (MILLIONS)

REASON

D'Brickashaw Ferguson

Jets

OT

32

$72.6

pay cut/other interests/health

Calvin Johnson

Lions

WR

30

$113.8

persistent ankle problems

Jerod Mayo

Patriots

LB

30

$42.4

three straight years on IR

Husain Abdullah

Chiefs

FS

30

$6.0

five concussions

Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks

RB

29

$49.7

unknown

Chris Borland

49ers

LB

24

$0.6

concern over head trauma

Patrick Willis

49ers

LB

30

$42.6

foot problems

AJ Tarpley

Bills

LB

23

$0.3

four concussions

Jake Locker

Titans

QB

26

$12.6

lack of desire

Heath Miller

Steelers

TE

33

$44.0

unknown

Jason Worilds

Steelers

LB

27

$13.6

other interests

*EARNINGS ESTIMATES FROM SPOTRAC.COM

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DUNCAN WILLIAMS/CAL SPORT MEDIA