The New York Jets have agreed to a five-year deal with free agent wide receiver Eric Decker, the team announced Wednesday night. The deal is reportedly worth $36.25 million, with $15 million is guaranteed money.
Decker was one of Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ top receiving options over the past couple season. In 2013 Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns after registering 85 catches for 1,064 yards and 13 TDs in 2012.
The Jets drafted Geno Smith to be their quarterback of the future last year, and giving him a reliable receiver should help Smith’s progress. Decker’s presence gives the Jets the top notch receiver the team has lacked in recent years.
The only way this move makes any sense for Decker is financially. The Broncos were clearly looking to spend much of their available cap space on defense this off-season, and New York’s offer most likely trumped anyone else’s. Money is the only thing that can justify going from an offense navigated by a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer to catching passes from statistically one of the worst QBs in the league.
New York signed Santonio Holmes in a similar fashion a few years ago to be their top receiver, but injuries and poor quarterback play limited Holmes’s production. The jets should be hoping the same result doesn’t happen with Decker.
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