Jets agree to terms with former Broncos WR Eric Decker
Former Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to terms with the Jets on Wednesday to a deal that's reportedly worth $36.25 million over five years.
Decker's deal with the Jets is worth $36.25 million over five years and includes $15 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.com. Decker's deal is slightly higher than the five-year, $31 million contract former Seahawks receiver Golden Tate got from the Lions on Wednesday. Tate's deal included $13.25 million in guaranteed money.
You can argue whether or not Decker is a true No. 1 receiver, but whether he is or not, he'll be a step up from anyone the Jets have. Decker's 87 catches for 1,288 yards last season were more than double any player on the Jets roster.
Decker's 11 touchdown catches in Denver last year were only two lower than the Jets team total of 13. The 26-year-old wide receiver will go from a passing offense in Denver that ranked No. 1 overall in the NFL in 2013 to a passing offense in New York that ranked 31st overall.
Geno Smith will likely be throwing passes to Decker in New York and Decker realizes that's not the same as Manning throwing you passes. Decker gave Manning credit for his receiving numbers in February, but he also added that he has to make things happen before Manning throws him the ball.
"Is it easier to play with Peyton Manning? Yes, 100 percent," Decker said. "But you still have to be in the right spot, you still have to find a way to get open, you still have to find a way to make a play. I do feel I'm a pretty good ball player."
Over the past two seasons, Decker has totaled 2,352 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. Those numbers both rank in the top-10 for any receiver in the league over the past two years.
The big question in New York though will be: Can Decker do that without Manning throwing him passes and without a No. 1 receiver like Demaryius Thomas around to take heat off of him?
The answer could end up being no. Although Decker has put up back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, getting to the 1,000 yard mark in New York isn't easy. The Jets haven't had a 1,000 yard receiver since 2007 and the team's only had a total of four since 2000.
The answer could also end up being yes. In 2011, Decker was able to put over 600 yards and catch eight touchdowns even though he had Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow throwing him passes.
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