The New York Jets have made their first big splash of the John Idzik era by signing Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker. This move provides second year quarterback Geno Smith an immediate upgrade to a pedestrian group of pass catchers. Decker is a better receiver than any player the Jets have ran out at the position in at least the last three years. He is a 26 year old who is entering his prime, has good size at 6 foot 3, 217 pounds and has racked up 33 touchdowns through the first four years of his NFL career.
The contract details are Decker receiving a 5 year contract for 36.25 million dollars with 15 million guaranteed. Considering what many anticipated him receiving on the open market, his production, age and the current state of the Jets wide receivers…that is an excellent contract by John Idzik.
Many question if Decker can produce away from Peyton Manning. However, he scored 8 touchdowns in 2011 with the Jets former Punt Protector throwing him passes. Obviously playing in Denver’s high powered offense the past two seasons helps inflate statistics but that does not mean Decker isn’t a highly talented receiver, who is capable of making plays all over the field, particularly in the redzone. He will provide an immediate and much needed boost to the Jets offense. Do not get wrapped up in “#1 WR” or “#2WR” labels, Decker gives this team a playmaker and movable chess piece for Marty Mornhinweg’s system. You cannot expect an offense or a young quarterback to succeed without starting capable talent at the receiver position.
This signing does not mean the Jets are done adding to the position. Keep an eye on James Jones and Julian Edelman in the coming days, either of whom would further boost the position and allow the Jets to finally have a little depth, as their addition would take pressure off David Nelson and Stephen Hill.
Check back tomorrow for a more in-depth breakdown of Decker’s game.