Jets tweak D'Brickashaw Ferguson deal

INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Jets have begun the process of creating more salary cap flexibility by restructuring left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson's contract.

The team confirmed that the Jets have freed up $7.5 million of cap relief by converting $9 million of Ferguson's $9.985 million 2012 base salary to a signing bonus, a move that was first reported by the New York Daily News.

The Jets, who had less than $500,000 in cap space prior to the move, will spread the cap value of the converted signing bonus over the remaining six years of Ferguson's contract.

The three-time Pro Bowler signed an eight-year, $73.6 million contract signed before the 2010 season.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the NFL for ESPNNewYork.com.