New York Jets Release Eric Decker

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets decision to release Eric Decker

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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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Mike O’Connor

    Joe you’re missing the fact that they will be able to bank this money for next years cap. Decker is an aging WR with injury concerns who’s finally healthy. This is in his best interest and our to cut him now. He will be able to get a fresh healthy start with a new team. We will be able to carry his 7.5 million cap space over to 2018. That money could be spent on a play with a future on this team. It’s crazy your advocating anything else.

  • McGeorge

    Its a crappy way to treat him, they could have cut him earlier when he’d be able to get a spot with another team. It will be harder for him (and Harris) to get spots now, and they will make less.
    I have no problem with cutting Decker and Harris, but I don’t like the timing or how it was done. Lack of class by Maccagnan.

  • Mike O’Connor

    If hurt feelings is your only gripe then we agree on Harris. I really think they wanted to keep him and tried to leverage him into a pay cut. Good business but playing hard. Decker I totally disagree with your point. He’s been rehabbing and would be going through this process now anyway. He just got declared fit last week. How come when Belicheat does this stuff he’s doing what he needs to do to win and when Mac does it he’s classless. Eighty million under the cap next year is aweful classy.

  • McGeorge

    It was dumb to treat him like that. They could have asked for a pay cut the day the season ended. They tried this BS with DBrick and it cost them. Now Macc comes across as a nasty prick.

    In Deckers case, they may not have been able to cut him the day teh season ended because of his recovery. But instead they could have tried trading him for almost nothing, like a 7th round pick.

    I’m fine with cutting players, but as an organization you don’t want to look like a nasty mean spirited place to play, else players wont want to come.

  • Mike O’Connor

    Being a nice guy in the NFL is overrated. Belicheat traded one of his best players, Collins, to the Cleveland Browns for a third round pick mid-season. That’s right dealt him from a Super Bowl Champion to team without a win at the time. Was that being a prick?? Harris is not part of the future and his carried over cap space will help build this team. Decker just got healthy so cutting him in March would’ve made no difference.

  • McGeorge

    Treating your leaders with respect helps. It makes it slightly easier to attract free agents and retain players, compared to being a jerk. It means Macc will have to pay more money to sign some players. So no upside and a little downside. He can still cut the players, just do it better, and watch the timing.

    In the case of Collins, Belichick knew he wouldn’t pay him, and would rather lock in a pick than risk getting a lesser pick a year later, since Brady is old. BB traded him, he didn’t cut him.

    Cutting Decker earlier, but when healthy so as to avoid an injury settlement would have been preferable to this. Or trade him for a ham sandwich, but do it earlier.

  • Mike O’Connor

    I agree they should’ve cut Harris earlier but I’m not real broken up about it and I don’t see the repercussions you do. The two things that attracts player is money and winning. We’re gonna have to pay more anyway until we start winning. This was clear as day with Hightower and Jefferson. These cuts enable us to do just that, overpay, which we’d have to do anyway even if were Mr Nice Guy. Belicheat did the right thing with Collins and it was cut throat.

  • McGeorge

    No one is advocating overpaying or keeping players out of loyalty.
    Just don’t be nasty about it and cut them during OTAs.
    Usually the GM has some inkling about what he’s planning to do.
    On the other hand, maybe Macc really is clueless and really thought he was going to keep Harris, then changed his mind a couple of weeks ago.
    In wither case it doesn’t look good for Macc.

    Belichick traded Collins, thats quite different.

  • Mike O’Connor

    To the Browns!!! The Zero win Browns at the time. Are you telling me he couldn’t get a lower 3rd rounder from a playoff bound team for Collins?
    (Devil’s avocate here) this a player that helped win him a championship and get 3 Super Bowls, a leader, the best defender on the team for a couple years and he traded him to a generational bad team. Blah Blah Blah see how silly this can get. Cutting Collins would’ve been better for him but not the Pats. I’m far from sold on Mac he’s left a lot talent on the table in his first two drafts. I do believe he’s having a good year though these moves, although tough, are sound.

  • McGeorge

    I doubt Macc planned this out from day 1 of the new year. He’s shown himself to be reactive. I don’t agree he’s having a good off season. We’ll see after this season how the 2016 and 2017 drafts classes perform.
    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Darron Lee and Lorenzo Mauldin not being anything special.

  • Mike O’Connor

    I agree with the approach they took in FA this year. Hightower and Jefferson were the best available at their position that could’ve fit our defense. They both would’ve been here three years from now. I believe Mac had a good draft, I like this one better than the previous two. Mac didn’t reach to fill holes, he’s giving the young Jets the opportunity to win the job. This is a make or break year for Maudlin. Lee has to improve significantly or people will be talking bust. Separation from the old vets like Mangold, Revis, Marshall, Gilgrist, Harris, Fitz, Decker, is what needed to be done. Signing Winters and Beachum were good
    moves. So moving forward I’d like to see Skrine (3.5 mil) and McLendon (2.175 mil) cut in camp. Forte doesn’t help cap wise so I wish people would stop saying he’ll get cut, I don’t believe he will. That puts us a cool 90mil under the cap in 2018. It’ll also result in a top 5 draft pick. These are the things that will propel this team to success, not the the vets listed above who will maybe get us 5-11 or 6-10. Not sure if Mac the right guy yet, untimately it’ll be his ability to draft players that’ll seal his fate. However I do believe he is having a good year.

  • McGeorge

    Winters was somewhat over paid, but what the heck they have a lot of cap space now.
    Beachum can opt out of his contract after any year he does well, so I’m not convinced it was a good deal.
    I agree with you on cutting Skrine.

    Top 5 draft pick is not good enough, its not the #1 which they need to get a franchise QB.

  • Mike O’Connor

    I think Winters is a knuckle head but that’s kinda the going rate for a young G and like you said we can afford it. Beachum has upside and if he turns out we can afford to chase him once he opts out. I agree with you about the top pick. I was being a little optimistic, we’re definitely a bottom three team. Cleveland, Niners, and us, barring a major injury like a Drew Brees etc. I’m also not sold on any of the top 4 QBs we keep hearing about so I hope a couple emerge this CFB season. Jimmy Graphalo is also a FA in waiting so that adds to the drama. If we have a shot at a franchise QB throw the ranch at him. Trade what you need to get it done, we know how hard it is to live without one so if it costs 3 first rounders to move up a spot or two for Sam …do it!! One interesting thing to watch is Rosen. He hates Trump and makes no bones about, attends rallies, talks politics openly. I wonder how that would play with Woody?

  • McGeorge

    To trade 3 first rounders to move up is terrible when teh Jets have the ability to tank and not need to trade up.
    What scares me is Bowels will do what he can to sabotage the Jets and try and win 1-2 meaningless games.
    Same for Maccagnan.
    I don’t buy this crap that the Jets wont win with McCown. McCown is better than Petty, so McCown should not start if the Jets want to tank. McCown can win an extra game or two over Petty.
    It just takes 1 meaningless game and the Jets are screwed.

    Rex beat Tennessee several years ago, allowing the Titans to get Mariota.
    Had the Jets gotten Mariota maybe Idzik would still be the GM. (hopefully not)

  • Mike O’Connor

    I bring that game up all the time. Tanking late in the season is perfectly acceptable. The criticism you receive is quickly forgotten by the draft, when it turns into euphoria. Tanking the season isn’t realistic. Players Play… The team will fall into a win or two. Cleveland and the Niners are still pretty bad so tanking is gonna be hard. I do agree that Hack should get every opportunity to start and let the chips fall where they may. At the very least week four if they don’t we’ll know Hack is a complete throw away. If Cleveland gets the first pick and proceeds to go get Jimmy G. I’d trade up to the top spot to grab Sam. Only if Mac believes Sam is the real deal franchise QB. Three 1s or whatever it takes. We need a QB for the next 10-15 years.

  • McGeorge

    Plenty of teams tank from day 1.
    Browns
    Colts
    Philadelphia 76ers off the top of my head.

    The Jets can decide in 2018 who is the best QB prospect, they don’t have to decide now.

  • Mike O’Connor

    Yes there are teams tank from day one. In other sports it’s easier because of the length of season. Generally the number one pick in basketball (pre-lottery) isn’t decided by one or two wins. The Houston Rockets did it for Ralph Sampson and Hakeem. The Penguins did it for Mario, then Crosby. In the NFL you lose the pick with a bounce of a ball. Look what happened between the Browns and Niners last year. I still think we’re more talented than those two teams so tanking isn’t going easy and the number one pick won’t be decided early. Right now the 18 QB class ranks like this: Darnold, Allen, Rosen, and Jackson, if they all come out. Also don’t forget Jimmy G who gonna be a FA. So there’s talent there. I believe the Browns are gonna go hard after JG. So the #1 pick might be up for grabs.