Tuesday, bloody Tuesday. Initial reaction to the New York Jets decision to release Eric Decker…
1 – After releasing David Harris today, this cannot be considered a surprise. It is now only a question of when/if Matt Forte and Steve McLendon will be released. Similar to Harris, the timing is fairly odd with this. The Jets couldn’t find one team who would trade them a draft pick for Eric Decker 6 weeks ago? The Jets may be saving some money but what are they spending it on now in June? They would have had this money either way heading into the 2018 offseason.
2 – Decker, if healthy (which he appeared to be) still remains a top 25-30 wide receiver in the NFL who likely has a few solid years left. Whoever is playing quarterback for the Jets this year will miss him. The Jets have intriguing young talent at receiver (if you have not noticed this website is a particular fan of Quincy Enunwa) but there is limited experience as the likely three wide is now Enunwa, Robby Anderson and ArDarius Stewart.
3 – Again, if the Jets are truly embracing “tanking,” it doesn’t make sense that they threw so much money at Dont’a Hightower, Tony Jefferson and sadly Josh McCown (the only one who accepted the money). Both of these moves feel oddly knee jerk at this time of year and Mike Maccagnan threw Todd Bowles to the wolves today to answer questions about Harris, in a move he was clearly not aligned with. Once again, the Jets are giving off the vibe of dysfunction.
4 – A friendly reminder: Friends don’t let friends advocate for Ryan Fitzpatrick:
5 – Another friendly reminder: No better time than now for these shirts
6 – The Jets are positioning themselves to be one of the worst teams in the NFL heading into year three of a new regime who missed the playoffs in year one and went 5-11 in year two…why should anybody have confidence they can rebuild the roster?
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