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.
Here’s what I know: the #Jets needed WRs. They just signed the best available WR. I’ll take that.
— Mike Donnelly (@TheMikeDonnelly) March 13, 2014
Couldn’t have said it better myself.