Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker (87) at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII on the Cornucopia Majesty yacht on the Hudson River. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on the Eric Decker Signing


For anyone who doesn’t know by now, Eric Decker has traded in his Denver orange, for the Green and white of our beloved New York Jets. I wanted to bring you some thoughts on this for the late night crowd.

It’s a move that the Jets had to make. Whether you want to include the Darrelle Revis to the Patriots signing or not, the Jets needed to do this. The Jets need wide receivers, and it is not so bad to start with the top free agent available in the draft.

The deal, according to Adam Schefter, is five years for $36.25 million, $15 million guaranteed. It might sound like a lot, but if you take into account Golden Tate‘s new contract with Detroit, five years, $31 million, $13.25 guaranteed, you see it as right in line with the position. The contract works out to just over $7 million per year, which is not an overpayment.

John Idzik did a nice job here as far as the financials are concerned.

As far as statistically speaking, Decker will be just fine here. Yes, his coming out party has been over the last two seasons. He posted 2,352 yards receiving to go along with 24 touchdowns. Peyton Manning does has something to do with this. It would be silly to say that he didn’t. That is the quarterback’s job, to bring out the best in his wide receivers.

However, take into account his numbers from 2011, while Kyle Orton and another guy were under center. Sorry I don’t mention his name anymore.

In 2011, Decker posted 44 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. Are those huge numbers on their face? Of course not. But if you take into account the quarterbacks that were throwing him the football, and those numbers become huge.

To summarize, I will give the final word to our buddy Mike Donnelly from Turn on the Jets.

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Revis signed with the Pats!!! Now I can breathe a sigh of relief, the Jets don’t need the headaches, let the Pats deal with him! Decker is a great signing, I mean he was the best available player that fit the Jets need! I was beginning to worry about the Idzik plan on FA, but this signing and the OL signing restored my faith! We lost Howard to the Raiders, so this signing was big as well. I liked Howard, but the price the Raiders paid was way too high in my opinion. Just these two signing have improved the Jet offense, and there are more to come shortly I believe. I’ve read a lot of Jet posts where the fans have been disappointed we didn’t land any on the first day. To them I’d say….be patient…many of those contracts were way too big….. Idzik is building a team with talent at the right price!! He’s being financially responsible, so the Jets won’t wind up in Cap Hell down the road, and he is doing it with while bringing in youth, talent, and most importantly a future for this team!!

    • Alan Schechter

      I would agree with all of that Paul. Idzik and his ability to be level headed is proving to be great for the team. The offense is instantly better, and I believe there is more to come as well.