Dolphins NT Jason Ferguson Announces Retirement

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Dolphins Will Miss Jason Ferguson's Leadership In Light Of 2010 Offseason

The Dolphins have had quite an offseason and not in a good way. Their players have been in the news far too often for off the field issues such as arrests. It's certainly not the hallmark of a team run by Bill Parcells, who once famously said he didn't want any "thugs and hoodlums" on his team.

SB Nation's The Phinsider understands that and that's why they point to Jason Ferguson's leadership as the quality that will be missed most upon hearing the news of his retirement.

How does this impact the Dolphins? For one thing, Jason's leadership will be missed. He's now another locker room leader who is no longer in Miami, putting more pressure on new leaders to emerge.

Meanwhile, The Phinsider says that Ferguson's loss won't be that big.

While a fresh Ferguson would have been a great addition in the middle of the season once his suspension was up, Jeff Darlington tells us via twitter that the Dolphins did already plan on leaving Starks as the starting nose tackle. Darlington also says that "Starks learned plenty the last few months" from Ferguson.

Ferguson was already suspended for the first eight games of the season so the Dolphins have a head start in replacing his production.

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Dolphins NT Jason Ferguson Surprisingly Announces Retirement

In March the NFL suspended NT Jason Ferguson eight games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drugs policy. The Dolphins somewhat surprisingly re-signed him just days later.

Now comes the surprising news that Ferguson has announced his retirement from football.

“You get what you put into this game. I would like to thank my family, the fans and the organizations that I have been a part of for their continued support throughout my career, it’s been an absolute blessing to play this long,” explained Ferguson. “I have built a lot of relationships, you develop an extended family playing this game; I would like to thank that extended family, the teammates, the coaches, the support staffs that have all played a part of a great ride.”

Ferguson, 35, was selected by Bill Parcells and the Jets in the seventh round of the 1997 draft. He moved onto the Cowboys from 2005-7 and then the Dolphins. He was hired by Parcells at every stop in his NFL career.

"Jason was a key contributor on three different teams for many years at one of the NFL’s toughest jobs,” stated Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells. “I am grateful and I will miss him.”

For more, check out SB Nation's The Phinsider.

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DT Jason Ferguson Suspended 8 Games For PED Use

The NFL has suspended defensive tackle Jason Ferguson for the first eight games of next season for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy. The veteran defensive lineman played in nine games last season for the Miami Dolphins and is currently a free agent.

According to Yahoo! Sports, this was not the first time that Ferguson has been caught taking steroids. 

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on Sunday that the discipline was handed down late this week but could offer no further details. Ferguson was also suspended for violating NFL drug policy in 1999, sitting out four games after an anabolic steroid showed up during a urine test.

Ferguson, 35, had 23 tackles in 2009 before suffering a quadriceps injury that required season-ending surgery.

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