It took a while, but the Jets have announced the signing of free agent wide receiver Eric Decker. The 26-year old caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was regarded by many as the top free agent pass catcher this year.
Decker was at the team’s facility most of today and went out to dinner with John Idzik and Rex Ryan tonight.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThe major reservation everyone shares with Decker is that he would struggle to match this kind of production if he didn’t have an elite quarterback such as Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. Some will point to the fact that he scored eight touchdowns in 2011, mostly from Tim Tebow, but that doesn’t necessarily hold water either, given the amount of single coverage he’d have seen due to the run orientated nature of their offense at the time.
Earlier today, Kristian Dyer of the Metro tweeted that a source told him that Decker is “seriously intrigued” by the Jets and “wants to prove that he’s not a product of Manning”. That’s good to hear, but he’s still going to have to prove he can be a significant upgrade over the departing Santonio Holmes.
Back in February, the contract projection from OverTheCap.com for Decker was for $12.4m a year. However, the market has stabilized over the first few days of free agency and his deal is expected to be much lower than that, which should make the move somewhat more palatable.
UPDATE: Here are the contract specifics:
Jets are giving former Broncos WR Eric Decker a 5-year, $36.25M deal, including $15M gtd, per source.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014