One of they key areas that the Jets will need to upgrade in the offseason must be at the receiver position and ESPN NY’s Rich Cimini brings up a good point in that pending free agent WR Eric Decker will essentially get an “open house” look at the Jets facility at Florham Park.
For four days next week, Decker and his teammates will practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., a 224,000 square-foot facility on a 27-acre campus. The players won’t have full access inside the building — some areas are off-limits — but they certainly will get a good feel for the place, which includes a 5,500 square-foot locker room, five practice fields and a massive field house. For Decker, it’ll be like an extended free-agent visit, with non-verbal recruiting.
No doubt, coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would like to have a receiver of Decker’s ilk in his offense — young (27 in March), athletic and big (6-foot-3). The Jets have similar players in Stephen Hill and David Nelson, but Hill has been a disappointment. Nelson is a keeper; it’ll be up to them to decide if they believe he can prosper in a prominent role.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIn a perfect world, I would like the Jets to acquire a WR2 type along with drafting a future starting stud receiver for the team early in the NFL draft. Decker has certainly benefited from Peyton Manning’s presence in Denver, but he is a solid receiver in his own right and seems to be coming into his own.
The problem of course with a guy like Decker is what the contract will look like. After posting two 80+ reception, 1,000+ yard seasons he would come at a premium even though he might not be a top option in an offense without Peyton Manning at the helm.
As far at New York, Decker is married to a rather attractive entertainer and being near a city like New York would have to be taken into account to what opportunities it might offer Decker and his wife Jessie James, who it seems are shopping or working on a reality series.
It might be a good for the Jets and Decker, but I do wonder about what the price tag might look like.