Breaking: Jets agree to terms with WR Eric Decker

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.com

The 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:





624 comments
Lee Devereaux
Lee Devereaux

And if the Jets were able to get the ball to him, this might mean something.

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

Bills play in Canada. Their fan base stinks and NY STATE needs to take that 228 million dollar bribe to keep them in Orchard Park for 10 years. What happened to the BYRD man? I forgot the Bills did not sign their best FA. Nice job and another losing season ahead.

Mark Chatterton
Mark Chatterton

Very good signing we do need a wide receiver like that.

Javon Manners
Javon Manners

srry to tell you this but mario has been good for buffalo

Javon Manners
Javon Manners

acully the bills said there not playing there not Toronto

Joe Brandt
Joe Brandt

Well this is true; at least geographically speaking. And btw, the Superbowl was played in Jersey too. Not NY.

Javon Manners
Javon Manners

Just because the jets signed decker dosn't mean there going to win the division it's the pats division

beers22
beers22

I don't give a shite about single coverage, Decker had some good games with Tim Freakin' Tebow throwing him the ball!

beers22
beers22

wow, look at all these loser trolls commenting.

John Balint
John Balint

This is why the Jets are the Jets! A # 3 WR.

Alex Fitch
Alex Fitch

All we need next is VICK....COME ON MIKE you know you want to...morningweg is waiting 4 a reunion..!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

Last Jet WR with over 1,200 yards receiving: Coles, 2002 :)

Tom Leahy
Tom Leahy

Goes from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith. Good luck Eric.

hashburry
hashburry

Does this mean their first priority in the draft is an outside receiver?  Seems like if Decker is their main receiver, he will be buried with double coverage.  At least the Jets get another reality TV show. 

Enrique Torres
Enrique Torres

he could catch the ball no more drops like hill now go get james jones and get a te in the draft

Erik Tonkovich
Erik Tonkovich

There goes his chance at a Super Bowl ring smh must be a lot if money

Kevin Truex
Kevin Truex

I really like decker he's a great rout runner wich the jets need bad. Still need a lot of work on the offense

billennium
billennium

This Facebook integration is miserable. 

Shane Sarte
Shane Sarte

... and his fantasy value just hit rock bottom

Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez

Good call, he is a good receiver. But also about the qb too, so we will see what happens

John Holton
John Holton

Yeah def a nice young weapon to have i call 10 tds and 1100 yards this yr about 80 catches

Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez

Sad to see him go from Denver, but nice pick up for y'all John Holton

ww85
ww85

$7mm seems like good value for Decker. I'd have been upset with $10mm. We need a true #1 & a big TE now.

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

Look at the Seattle model...they spend draft picks on defense and in the trenches...plus QB's.  They went with free agent WR's, yet not breaking the bank on any (well, percy harvin maybe).  This is probably the same model he's following with the Jets.  He's got the right coach in Rex to field a top 5 defense that can mirror the likes of the Seahawks.  


Bringing in Decker for that price is a very good deal (match his deal with Holmes...wow!).  Consider that Howard almost received the same amount long term as Decker, yet the same amount of guaranteed.  That's nuts when you think about it.  

Idzik is methodical in his approach and knows what he's willing to do.  I'm good with that and like the way he's approached his second offseason so far.  It is only Day 3. 

John Holton
John Holton

Jet are gonna win the division this yr.. Everyone keep sleeping on us.. All you fake pats fans and any dolphins or bills fans just keep quiet right now because you matter about as much as cleveland has to the afc north over the past 20 yrs.. Jets win the division this yr easily..

Mike Fogler
Mike Fogler

System receiver without a system, classic Jets

klecko71
klecko71

revis also takes huge risk w 1 year deal.  

MetFanSince68
MetFanSince68

I wish Revis good luck. He has the right to get the most dollars before his short playing career expires. What gets me is the narrative that the NY media has been harping on for days, that the Jets should signed him in order to keep him away from the Pats.Why? Is playing against him twice a year is any worse than playing against Brady and Gronk twice a year? Signing Revis for 12 million plus this year would not had helped the Jets make the playoffs this year or the following. Tying over 20% of cap dollars on one player would have limit how many quality players the Jets could bring on board this year. Idzik did the prudent thing. He is already ahead after he traded Revis to Tampa for a 1 and 4 plus cap dollar freedom.   

bob
bob

Decker, Nelson, and Kerley  they may not dazzle every one at the combine but clearly these guys are football players that catch everything. get great body position and are physical.

Danny O'Hara
Danny O'Hara

Media bias is great!


Jets need weapons and need to upgrade passing attack!


Sign Decker..then


But he's not a number 1 he's a number 2 blah blah


When you sign the best wr  in free agency that's better than what you have doesnt that mean you upgraded?

When you get a guy like Decker doesn't that mrean you added a weapon?


And if decker was the best wr on market but a number 2.. Then how would we sign a number 1???? Dumbasses!!!

ww85
ww85

@Wilkershakes  Yeah, well we need to get pieces as good as Wilson & Sherman to copy their model.

fkinder
fkinder

@realthadpittman @SNYtv I'm happy with the signing along with the offensive lineman. Wonder how Owen Daniels would look in green&white

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

I heard decker isn't that physical and a poor blocker

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@Danny O'Hara Yes!  


He wasn't paid like a #1 either, so I don't understand the bellyaching among beat reporters...oh wait, it's Manish and Cimini we're talking about.  Nevermind.  


Very good signing.

bob
bob

@Danny O'Hara

Hey who you dumbasses! I'm coming over dere and I gonna punch you in da nose daaaats right in da nose!

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@ww85 @WilkershakesI am not comparing them, but Geno and Milliner showed significant improvements to finish out the season.  They are tiers below Wilson and Sherman, but should they take big leaps in the 2nd and 3rd years, then we might just have similar players.