Broncos WR Eric Decker will be able to peek around Jets facilities next week

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.com

In 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.




263 comments
dabronx
dabronx

One of the main problems with signing FA WR's this year is the question of Geno. What WR wants to come to the Jets with questionable QB play, unless your willing to overpay - which, I personally, would not prefer. This years draft has a deep WRs core. Use 3 or 4 of the 11 picks on WR's and see what sticks.

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

Decker is nobody without Peyton he will turn back into a pumpkin. I'm not to high on these overnight superstars who play with Brady and Manning. we should draft a WR to add to kerley, nelson, who played outstanding and Holmes if he comes back.

a57se
a57se

Hmmmm....the Virgin Atlantic post has disappeared.....that's weird.

harold
harold

Decker cost will be 9.5 million to 11.5 million.  Does anyone want him at that price?

Anything less is really not realistic.  So are you willing to pull the trigger?

SackDance99
SackDance99

@haroldWon't Anquan Boldin be the no. 1 WR on the market?  Also, your range is top of the market for WR.  Is it realistic for Decker and his agent to expect that kind of contract?  Further, there will likely be a number of cap casualties, like Dwayne Bowe or Miles Austin.  There's also the trade market.  Plus, lingering over this year are the contracts for Wallace and Harvin last year, both of which were too rich for the production.  Heck, Decker could get that range, but my guess is under $9 million per year for a 5 year deal.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@harold 


The demand will determine what Decker's cost is......


He is a solid #2 receiver who has stayed relatively heathy. He is a legit redzone threat also. If the Jets can sign him at 5 to 6 million a year with incentives based on production I don't see it as a bad move at all

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

That is weird. i had gone to the Blog front page and it was gone, i even refreshed my browser a few times to make sure. Now it is back........hmmmm.


OH NO! Hank posted, that's probably why!

harold
harold

@Sackdance

Anquan Boldin is too old to be the #1 WR on the market.  He will be 34 yrs old.  Decker will get between 9-11 million.  You can basically take it to the bank.

harold
harold

Someone said Nicks is older than Decker no he is not.  He was born ion 1988 he just turned 26.  Decker is a full year older.

harold
harold

Decker will be in high demand.  The market is set for players at his position with similar stats.  9-11.5 million per year.

harold
harold

5 or 6 years given his age

a57se
a57se

OK this is weird....if I click on the JETS on the left hand sidebar, the Virgin Atlantic piece does NOT show up when it goes to the front page of the Blog!!!

I went to a different website and came back to the Blog and ti wasn't there either!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@SackDance99I don't want Bowe.  I'm just saying that Decker won't be the only prize in the UFA market at WR, like Wallace was last season. 

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99@a57se 

A four game suspension to start next season is not the kind of thing we need. Had enough of that crap this past season with Goodson and Winslow.

harold
harold

On Decker price we will wait and see.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@haroldAs I say above, I disagree.  $9-11 million is a premium and, unlike Wallace last year, Decker will have competition, especially from the cap casualties.  If Dwayne Bowe is let go, even though he's 29, I expect him to draw more interest than Decker.  Plus, there will be lots of interest in Golden Tate and I bet Jacoby Jones will draw considerable interest as well.

a57se
a57se

@juunit

I think Hill has demonstrated his ability to get open deep.

jetsonly47
jetsonly47

@a57se @harold But he could be just the kind of player to play his  heart out for Rex and he definitely has the ability to be a top #1 WR at a dirt cheap price. 

juunit
juunit

@SackDance99@a57se@harold 

If you just want a guy who can go deep and don't think Hill is up to the task, then just draft another guy who can do it. I think this team is sorely lacking that reliable 3rd down/redzone guy. I'd much rather get someone like Boldin in FA than Jacoby Jones.

De'Anthony Thomas, Dri Archer, Solomon Patton. Those 3 are very fast, the first 2 will probably run 40's under 4.3, and we can probably draft at least one of them as late as the 5th round. 


I like Kain Colter and Venric Mark in the late rounds too. Though I'd hesitate to call them deep threats. There's probably some other guys I'm forgetting right now too.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 

I want us to come out of the draft with at least two WR's and one Offensive Weapon type of guy who can return kicks. My earlier Mock I had us taking Lee, Adams and Saunders which when added to Hill, Kerley and Nelson

leaves no room for more WR's. I would rather get a CB, OG, TE and some depth guys in Free agency to fill out those areas.

I just believe that you draft to the strength of the prospects, not the weaknesses.

Hence i would not have taken a QB last year as that position was weak in the draft so the top guys are more than likely overvalued.


SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57sePittsburgh is pretty tight with a dollar, so you never know.  I like Edelman's game, but he really would just be redundant of Kerley.  Jacoby only had 1 official drop in 2013...he was actually one of the NFL leaders in drop %.  Maybe his rep is worse than his real play?  I also like Jacoby Jones (who I often mix up with Ford, had only 1 drop too and had an even better drop %).

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99

Edelmann is a pain in the butt as a returner though and is one of those guys who seems to give the Jets fits.

Ford drops too many balls and Sanders is probably not gonna leave Pittsburgh.....

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@haroldSanders and Ford also are good returners and have big play potential.  If I had to go to the second-tier, I'd rather have a deep threat than a possession receiver.  So, Boldin, Maclin and Edelman aren't who I'd sign...they're too derivative of Nelson and Kerley.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

I would take a shot with Ginn on a cheap, incentive laden deal.

He isn't the type of guy you're gonna lament putting on the bench for a young guy who surprises and he is a vet who can get deep as well as a dangerous return man. 

He fits my idea of adding depth and strengthening the middle of the roster in FA.

harold
harold

The only people on your list I would consider would be Boldin, Maclin or Edelman.  Maybe Ginn for is return ability

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@haroldBoldin, Maclin, James Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerome Simpson, Britt, LaFell, Golden Tate, Jacoby Ford, Edelman, Meacham, Underwood and Ginn are all intriguing candidates for one reason or the other.  And, there will be cap casualties.


Rather than Nicks, who is a possession receiver, the Jets need a legitimate deep threat and with all of the UFAs available (and potential cap casualties), $4 million for Nicks might not be that great of a bargain.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

If he comes cheap, I could see it but if he has an attitude problem, definitely no and from what I have seen of the guy, he does have an attitude.

harold
harold

@bradysucks @a57se

My argument for Nicks is he a better value at potentially 4 million than Decker is at 10 million. 

IMO he would give us two years to develop other players and let him go.  Many young guys have to be let go and not get big money before they realize this is really a cold business.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold  "...the receiver disappointed with his play and also drew multiple team fines for being late to meetings and treatment sessions"


The media treatment would have been totally different if an evil circussy Jets player did this instead of a classy Giants player.

harold
harold

His 56 catches and 896 yards would have led the Jets.  But only going to be 26 years old for the 2014 season he is a good value.  I think he may have to settle for 3-5 million per year.  But he is not a vet min player in stats or age.  I would take his production any day of the week.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

" The Giants will let Hakeem Nicks go in free agency, as the receiver disappointed with his play and also drew multiple team fines for being late to meetings and treatment sessions, reports NFL Network. Nicks, 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games."

Why would we want this guy?

harold
harold

Nicks has been nicked up but he is really good.  When he is on his game there are few WR's better.  For two years motivated to get more he may be really good for us.   I am in the minority on this one but I like him more than most.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold Not a big fan of getting Nicks unless he's dirt cheap because nobody wants him.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Arrrrrggggghhhhh.......NO NICKS!

I don;t even want Stevie!

harold
harold

@Bent

Would you sign Nicks who I think is a comparable player for 2 years 14 million.  9 million in 2014 (3 mil bonus, 6 mil salary).  Gives a good chunk of change coming off a subpar season and gives an opportunity to test the market at 27.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Bent @harold Ypu overpay when you believe it;s a piece that would put you over the top. Deckers not that piece and we're not that close.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold I would not...but someone will and it could easily be the Jets or a team like them.


Sometimes when you need to upgrade you need to overpay.  It nearly always bites you back later on though.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Bent @harold As Clyde would say,crude ,clever slick,wheeling and dealing,movin and groovin.

harold
harold

I'll stick to scouting.lol

but seriously would you do it?

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold This is why I would have been an awesome GM.

harold
harold

I knew you were setting me up.  I mean per year.  You are a slick one Bent.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold Sign me up!  That's only about $2m per season!