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.




190 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.

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

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57seAnd, I don't think he'll be interested in signing Sanchez as his new QB.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57seThe Browns just love former Jets/Giants coaches.  Bud Carson, Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel, Bill Belichick...if he's been with the Jets or Giants, the Browns will hire him.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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 %).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent@SackDance99@a57seWith Pettine it was a matter of principle: the draft is too valuable to waste a pick on a vanity pick for a player.  McKnight didn't deserve to be drafted because he wasn't on their board to be drafted.  It really pissed Pettine off.

Bent
Bent moderator

@SackDance99 @a57se I couldn't care less about a late seventh rounder, especially when we got the guy we wanted as a UDFA anyway, but I know that guy (Nick Bellore) was pissed because Scotty basically stole his signing bonus!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57seWhat stuck with me was how upset Pettine was with Rex taking Scotty McKnight for Sanchez's benefit.  Pettine thought that broke the unwritten code.

Bent
Bent moderator

@SackDance99 @Bent @a57se If Bryan Cox (just got the DL coach role in Atlanta) can be a successful coach, I reckon Bart would be great.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent@SackDance99@a57seDawidoff bears that out in "Collision Low Crossers".  The team got concerned about Bart's attitude.  Don't get me wrong, Pettine loved Bart, but the disappointing 2011 season weighed them all down.  Pettine absolutely hated Schotty, though and was perplexed by Cro, who was very thin-skinned and took criticism personally.

Bent
Bent moderator

@SackDance99 @Bent @a57se  "...the Jets were frustrated with Bart because he started to withdraw from the team as his playing time eroded"


That may have been reported, but I'm not sure it's accurate based on what I've heard.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent@a57seI recall that the Jets were frustrated with Bart because he started to withdraw from the team as his playing time eroded and, of course, Bart blamed Pettine, the DC.  So, there was tension.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Any Bart/Pettine friction in the book?

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Bart was jawing with someone and I'm pretty sure drew a flag in a preseason game for it, so Pettine made a comment along the lines of "dammit, Bart, just get back in the huddle" or something like that. I could be off on the details, but that's the gist of it. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent I honestly don't remember (maybe you are right), but Pettine worked with Bart as his JACK LB for the same amount of time that Rex did and surely must have seen the influence he had on the turnaround here.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent "How dare you do a thankless job that is vital to the defense!" 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @bradysucks I read dawgs by nature regularly and I've not seen the level of anti-Lombardi sentiment I'd expect from what I consider to be pretty smart fans.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@a57se @Bent 


The fans in Cleveland despise Lombardi and that entire front office.......

juunit
juunit

@SackDance99 

They supposedly love Manziel. So, should be interesting. 

I wonder if he'll throw a kilo of coke in Greg Little's face when he drops a TD for the umpteenth time. (Manziel, not Pettine. Although it would be funny if Pettine did that.)

SackDance99
SackDance99

@djf1They'll be in position to draft one of the top QBs.  Now, whether whoever they draft will pan out is quite another matter.....

djf1
djf1

@SackDance99@Bent@a57se if only getting a franchise qb was so easy. ..

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent How could they do that if the Browns weren't allowed to talk to them?


Ahahaha...Lombardi has been tampering!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent@a57se@SackDance99I think Pettine has the makings of a great HC, but he has to learn from Rex's failings.  He has to hire an OC he believes in, get a franchise QB and he'll have to decide whether he will call the defensive plays.


The Browns have the makings of a good defense, and they have a stud WR in Gordon and a good nucleus of Thomas and Mack on the OL.  This draft will be critical for them.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent I know Gase was like "I'd rather stay in an OC role than coach you guys" but why wouldn't he wait for Dan Quinn, their apparent number one choice?  Or Bevell?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @SackDance99 Great hire by Lombardi.  Shrewd of him to lock in his 9th choice.