Eric Decker could join the exodus of Jets veterans

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Brandon Marshall joined Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and others on the Jets’ discard pile on Thursday and the team’s culling of veterans after a dismal 2016 season may not be complete.

Marshall’s running mate at wideout Eric Decker could join them on the chopping block. Manish Mehta and John Healy of the New York Daily News report that it won’t be a surprise if Decker is released upon passing a physical this offseason. Dropping Decker from the roster would save the Jets $5.75 million under the cap.

When a physical might happen is unclear as Decker is recovering from hip and shoulder surgeries that are expected to keep him on the sideline through much or all of the team’s offseason work.

Whether his absence turns out to be permanent or temporary, the Jets are going to be giving young receivers like Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Devin Smith, Charone Peaks and Jalin Marshall plenty of opportunities in an offseason of major change.

31 responses to “Eric Decker could join the exodus of Jets veterans

  1. Before they can go on a free agent spending spree they have to cut all the guys from their last free agency spending spree.
    Sports life in the big apple.

  2. I wouldn’t cut him. Many of the other guys are young, really young. And aside from Enunwa, they haven’t shown to be able to produce over the course of a season. Too many question marks with the group to be cutting a veteran mind who has shown to be able to produce. Financially, I can understand the move, but you have to draw the line somewhere, as Enunwa’s probably going to be asking for twice (or thrice) what Decker makes if he continues to improve. Also some concern for his health, which is the real motivating factor when spending five mil. on someone who may not be 100% healthy by season’s debut.

  3. Jets are putting themselves in position to get the #1 pick and a shot at a franchise QB in 2018. But being the Jets they’ll select a DE.

  4. I think a complete tear up and start over is just Bowles being smart. He might need a couple years of trial and error to find all the right new pieces. But he wasn’t going to get anywhere with the old ones anyhow.

  5. As a Jets fan I like this.
    Get rid of every player and tank 2017.
    Don’t sign a journeyman QB, go with Bryce Petty and Christain Hackenberg.
    That will lock in the worst record in the NFL.

    Then draft a real QB.
    The GM (Mike Maccagnan) needs to draft well also.

  6. Really improving… or just changing? We’ll see this fall.

    This will prolong the pain for Jets fans… but I don’t believe these moves are bad. The roster needed an enema.

  7. “Wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted to steal away as many Patriots players as possible.”

    It would be hilarious to see the Jets pickup some Pats players, and the Pats take these Jets players and continue to win while the Jets, well…continue to be the Jets.

  8. Jets need to keep Decker..i understand what there doing rebuilding..but you have to keep atleast one good veteran on the offense..plus i like Decker and think he has many positive seasons ahead of him..Jets keep Decker!!!

  9. If he’s healthy later on after rehab, a big if since he’s not young, he’s actually worth bringing back for 1 more season. He can be reasonably productive, make big catches, get the young QBs some TDs when needed. Key is whether on the Jets or any other team he’s just not a #1 WR by any means. He’s a very good #3 or #2 WR with other WR taking the bulk of the defensive attention. Under 6M doesn’t sound like a awful cap hit, if they get him for 16 games.

  10. 5.75 Million? Wow this team is Cheap under their new Accounting Professor of a GM. And if Deck leaves exactly who would be left at WR?????? Decker has been along with Marshall the two best by far WR’s the team has had in Years…

  11. I do think the Jets will go after Hightower, and Ryan. Ryan is going to get $10m+ per year. He’s a good player but somewhat hidden with the Pats system. I also think High is going to get at least Jamie Collins money, probably from the Jets. I think whatever team signs Ryan, they will be disappointed.

  12. Typical New Jersey Jet fans here. The Pats release a player and they start screaming about loyalty.
    The Jets do it to the probably their best player, Mangold and their silent.

  13. grogansheroes says:
    Mar 3, 2017 9:55 AM
    I do think the Jets will go after Hightower, and Ryan. Ryan is going to get $10m+ per year. He’s a good player but somewhat hidden with the Pats system. I also think High is going to get at least Jamie Collins money, probably from the Jets. I think whatever team signs Ryan, they will be disappointed.
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    Ryan had an uneven season. He’ll get paid because he was at his best in the second half of the season and in the playoffs. Hightower will be back in New England as long as the competing offer is more than $13 million per year average.

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says:

    ……Decker is getting a little long in the tooth…yeah, it’s time to move on from him…….give a younger , faster, 22 year old a chance.

    Decker is 29 years old – can’t see where that is considered long in the tooth.

  15. jonathankrobinson424 says:

    ……Decker is getting a little long in the tooth…yeah, it’s time to move on from him…….give a younger , faster, 22 year old a chance.

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    Decker is 29 years old – can’t see where that is considered long in the tooth.

  16. Whoever is on the other side of Decker always has a great year. D Thomas, Brandon Marshall. I’d LOVE to have him in Philly at a reasonable (6-7M/year) contract for 3-4 years. Guy has also been a touchdown machine the past 2 seasons.

  17. I know why the JETS are doing this. If they cut all the good players on offense, Bill Belichick will not know who to double up on and take out of the game plan. Man, they sure are going to pull the wool over Bill’s eyes.

  18. Keep Decker if he’s healthy. Sign Kenny Stills from the Dolphins and Tyrod Taylor at QB after the Bills release him. They have a lot of money to spend.. Doooo it

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