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Report: Jets to trade or release Eric Decker

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Someone tell the last veteran out of the Jets locker room to turn out the lights.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jets have told wide receiver Eric Decker that they will try to trade him this week. If they can’t, they will release him.

The news comes hours after the Jets cut longtime starting linebacker David Harris and as part of an offseason that’s seen the Jets part ways with Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall and other experienced members of the club. It also came hours after coach Todd Bowles said he wasn’t sure if Decker would be sticking around this season.

Decker has spent the last three years with the Jets after signing a five-year, $36.25 million contract as a free agent in 2014 and carries a cap charge of $8.75 million for this season. He was productive in his first two seasons with the club, but missed 13 games last year due to shoulder and hip injuries that required surgery.

The Harris and Decker moves confirm that the Jets are in rebuilding mode with a roster that has five players 29 or older. They drafted a pair of wide receivers — ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen — in April and they’ll join Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and Charone Peake in a very young receiving group to go with an unappealing quarterback situation.

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59 Responses to “Report: Jets to trade or release Eric Decker”
  1. flakeybiscuits says: Jun 6, 2017 6:13 PM

    I’ve literally never heard of any of those receivers on their roster before 2017

  2. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 6, 2017 6:15 PM

    He was a product of Manning

  3. corkspop says: Jun 6, 2017 6:16 PM

    Jets vs Browns for AFC Championship……… in 2025. Their entire rosters should be first through 3rd-rounders by then because they are going to stink it up for a while.

  4. canetic says: Jun 6, 2017 6:16 PM

    At least they’ll get the first pick next year

  5. gmoney3080 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:17 PM

    Fire sale, we’ll at least the giants benefited from it. BMarsh is ours and if I didn’t feel good as I do about middle line backer I’d say to pick up Harris. Let’s see how camp goes though…..

  6. THX 138 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:19 PM

    With the 1st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Jets are now on the clock.

  7. dickshotdogs says: Jun 6, 2017 6:19 PM

    I’m not typically a guy to state the obvious, but that officially makes New England, Miami and Buffalo 2-0 to start the season. Like you really needed me to tell you that …:)

  8. cowboysmb3dw28 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:22 PM

    I kinda feel bad for Matt Forte. He’s gotta be kicking himself for signing with the Jets last year, now.

  9. tunechi90 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:23 PM

    Decker caught 49 TD’s from 2012-2015, which is 4th best of all WR’s in that timeframe. He is an exceptional route runner with great hands and solid run blocking capability.

    Will be missed. Perhaps Jets see something in his health that they feel will be an issue moving forward – otherwise it is strictly a cap move.

  10. tedmurph says: Jun 6, 2017 6:23 PM

    Bowles must be thrilled. The jets dump salary, tank the season because they have no players and he gets canned.

  11. tunechi90 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:26 PM

    If you have never heard of Quincy Enunwa – go watch some tape. Dude is a beast.

    Anderson is actually a sleeper also, and Stewart was a nice 3rd round pick this year.

    They have work to do but this young WR group has nice upside and future growth potential.

  12. dlw492 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:27 PM

    Browns, Rams, 49ers, Texans… No one else needs a WR

  13. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 6, 2017 6:29 PM

    I thought this might happen and was hoping the Vikings would pick him up, but they’ve already added Michael Floyd and two draft picks so it wouldn’t really make sense now. Still, it would be cool to have four native Minnesotan wide receivers on the roster (Decker, Floyd, Thielen, and Isaac Fruechte).

  14. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 6, 2017 6:33 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2017 6:15 PM

    He was a product of Manning
    ______

    154 catches for 1,989 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014 and 2015, and I don’t remember a Manning wearing a Jets jersey during that time.

  15. silverdeer says: Jun 6, 2017 6:33 PM

    Yaaayyyy! The Lions will win one of their pre-season games.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:34 PM

    Woody Johnson must need a 7th vacation mansion, 5th yacht, and who knows what else. They’re obviously not going to spend anywhere near the cap this season.

    At what point do that fans call their team out for intentionally tanking the season before even one game gets played? Why in the world would a Jets fan pay to go see the team they’re going to field this season?

  17. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 6, 2017 6:34 PM

    dlw492 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 6:27 PM

    Browns, Rams, 49ers, Texans… No one else needs a WR
    ______

    Wait, you forgot the Jets.

  18. denverdave3 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:39 PM

    This Bronco fan found Decker to be fairly decent in Denver, but the Jets overpaid him. Now with the injury issue as part of the package, it’s difficult to imagine anybody wanting to take on that salary.

    My guess is he’ll have to lower his expectations and take on an incentive-driven deal of some type.

  19. redclaw1314 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:48 PM

    the tanking strategy works only if they are fortunate enough to get THE franchise QB which is unpredictable——very dangerous (Jamarcus Russell, Joey Harrington,Brady Quinn, Matt Leinert, Blaine Gabbert,Vince Young,Jared Goff,Tannehill,Bradford,Bortles)

  20. patriots123456 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:56 PM

    Did they keep the cheerleaders?

    Just about everyone else is gone…

  21. u4iadman says: Jun 6, 2017 6:57 PM

    Manning made this guy.

  22. stinkymcmulligan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:04 PM

    Got to tear it down to the bare bones and build it back up from scratch

  23. upnorthvikesfan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:12 PM

    A good receiver if he is fully healthy after the surgeries. With that said, who would give up anything to get a guy they will almost certainly be cutting? I’m sure he will get a fresh start somewhere. But unless you have a player to trade that the Jets could use and you know won’t be making your own team, I would pass on making a deal.

  24. motsuret06 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:14 PM

    Jets are pathetic and they are already giving up on the 2017 season and it may not be too far into the future for Bowles to be fired.

  25. razzlejag says: Jun 6, 2017 7:14 PM

    redclaw1314- you forgot the most obvious tank job in recent history- the Colts Suck for Luck campaign. Fortunately, they had the incompetent Ryan Grigson as GM and he never put an OL in front of Luck.

    Jets are doing the right thing, IMO. Cut the dead weight. They guy missed 13/16 games last year. $8.75 mill cap charge? No way.

  26. xdolfan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:15 PM

    Meet the next team to go 0-16.

  27. tedmurph says: Jun 6, 2017 7:18 PM

    Decker was hurt last year, but the 4 yrs before that he averaged over 1000 yrds and 10 TDs/yr. And he was never the #1 guy. This guy is a player and is only 30. This would be a classic Ozzie Smith signing.

  28. r8rsfan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:18 PM

    Harris should get a sniff from Oaktown.

  29. bencoates57 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:22 PM

    Who’s Gino going to throw it too?

  30. doclolly says: Jun 6, 2017 7:25 PM

    Shame he was a solid WR for the Jets and didn’t make that much money for being a borderline #1 WR

  31. niners816 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:27 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 7:22 PM
    Who’s Gino going to throw it too?
    ——–
    Probably to somebody on the Raiders since he plays for Oakland.

  32. justintuckrule says: Jun 6, 2017 7:31 PM

    Watch. The Jets won’t even be able to pull off, “Suck for ____” right.

    Gonna laugh HARRRD when those 3 QBs come out in January saying they won’t report to the Jets if they get drafted there. Too many hundreds of millions and long term careers on the line to watch it all get flushed being drafted by the Jets.

  33. somehomer says: Jun 6, 2017 7:31 PM

    Jets VS Browns Oct 8th

  34. latinlover11 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:34 PM

    They are likely tanking this year to get a top level QB in next year’s draft.

  35. bullitt61 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:53 PM

    patriots on line 1…

  36. maust1013 says: Jun 6, 2017 8:03 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2017 6:15 PM
    He was a product of Manning

    u4iadman says:
    Jun 6, 2017 6:57 PM
    Manning made this guy.
    =======================

    In 15 games in the ’15 season Decker managed 80/1027/12 with Ryan F Fitzpatrick throwing him the ball. No matter how many puppets you pull out of the sock drawer chipster that dog just won’t hunt.

  37. daddeeo says: Jun 6, 2017 8:08 PM

    The Jets just doubled-down on the 1st round pick next year. They are #1 in contention for #1.

    Cleveland is going to have to shoot a player in order to take back the lead..

  38. drakost says: Jun 6, 2017 8:12 PM

    If you have never heard of Quincy Enunwa – go watch some tape. Dude is a beast.

    Anderson is actually a sleeper also, and Stewart was a nice 3rd round pick this year.

    They have work to do but this young WR group has nice upside and future growth potential.

    Yeah but who the hell is going to throw the ball to them???

  39. snakecage says: Jun 6, 2017 8:19 PM

    Nobody is trading for him and his contract. My guess is the Patriots pick this guy up and he has 10+ TDs.

  40. Desperado says: Jun 6, 2017 8:30 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 6:34 PM
    Woody Johnson must need a 7th vacation mansion, 5th yacht, and who knows what else. They’re obviously not going to spend anywhere near the cap this season.

    At what point do that fans call their team out for intentionally tanking the season before even one game gets played? Why in the world would a Jets fan pay to go see the team they’re going to field this season?

    —————–
    They have to stay within a certain percentage of the cap. Owners arent allowed to just cut everyone and pocket the salary. But in the Jets situation redistributing the wealth on a lot of young talent makes a lot of sense.

  41. nyneal says: Jun 6, 2017 8:31 PM

    The biggest fans the Jets have are the Browns. Because they make them seem almost smart compared to the Jets.

    I feel sorry for the Jets, I really do. Because my son is a Jets fan and I feel badly for him.

    But when you look up incompetence in the dictionary, they have a picture of the Jets there. Seriously, the Jets need a new owner. They had Rudolph Hess for many years, and he proved that as a Jets owner he was good at selling Hess trucks and gasoline. And now they have Woody Johnson, who can’t even do that.

    Joe Benigno, the likeble host of WFAN’s morning sports show in NY, is a lifetime Jets fan and he says Joe Namath sold his soul to the devil to win that ’69 Super Bowl. Maybe Joe is on to something.
    If you want to hear something hilarious, try tuning in to Joe on Monday mornings after another Jets humiliating loss. He is a complete riot. I never miss it. It’s better than watching the Comedy Channel. If you can’t hear it live, go into their website and they replay it there. He usually starts out very calm and says he’s not upset because it’s what he’s grown to expect, but after a few minutes he can’t help himself. He goes off and slams everybody connected with the Jets, even guys like “the big Tunah” as he calls Bill Parcells. “We couldn’t even win a Super Bowl with the big “tunah!!!” he shouts.
    I’m laughing just thinking about it!

  42. v2787 says: Jun 6, 2017 8:43 PM

    Okay, Vikings–bring that Minnesota boy home. We need a possession receiver anyway, and Decker can do that.

  43. rodgray39 says: Jun 6, 2017 10:02 PM

    You have to feel sorry for Todd Bowles!! A really good NFL guy, who got dealt a really bad hand!! Over/under he’ll be fired by week 12!!

  44. norrismen17 says: Jun 6, 2017 10:17 PM

    Come on home Eric.

  45. jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 6, 2017 10:41 PM

    You don’t develop a quarterback by having him throw the ball to the likes of Quincy Enunwa.

  46. ktimmmtb says: Jun 6, 2017 11:18 PM

    Todd Bowles said he wasn’t sure if (he’d) be sticking around this season.

  47. KendraChelsea says: Jun 6, 2017 11:47 PM

    When you put a good prospect(s) on a team lacking talent all across the board, the good prospect is stunted and often fails. Especially when the team is without leadership or direction.

    Actually QB’s confidence can easily be shaken, put the #1 pick on a 0-16 team, he may never have to confidence to lead. QB should be you last piece of the puzzle…

    at this rate the Jets should wait to draft a QB until at least 2020

  48. tbisgod says: Jun 7, 2017 12:01 AM

    Good player, but couldn’t stay healthy. Just like Marshall and Mangold. Revis was awful. Harris was the only player who had a decent year. If you’re not winning, you gotta let the young guys play. They are doing the right thing.

  49. sdchicken says: Jun 7, 2017 12:20 AM

    The new process…tank to get one of the top 3 QBs next year

  50. holyfrickinwah says: Jun 7, 2017 1:35 AM

    My lord I am glad I’m not a Jets fan…

  51. streetyson says: Jun 7, 2017 7:49 AM

    Josh McCown is right: this isn’t a rebuilding year – it’s more like a demolition year.

  52. Akula says: Jun 7, 2017 7:58 AM

    If you think your going to get the first pick next year your mistaken. Your out of your league. The Browns have been playing this game for years and they won’t be denied.

  53. mikeytoth says: Jun 7, 2017 8:00 AM

    The jets are incapable of building a winning franchise.

  54. vinzclorth0 says: Jun 7, 2017 8:04 AM

    The Jets are aggressively lowering expectations.

  55. jacktheraven says: Jun 7, 2017 9:05 AM

    The Ravens now have the luxury of signing Decker, if they don’t sign Maclin.

  56. kayakattack says: Jun 7, 2017 9:16 AM

    The Jets are going to get a really good coach fired – terrible roster decisions year after year and no QB

  57. QB Film Room says: Jun 7, 2017 9:32 AM

    Decker was elite for NYJ in 2015 and when he played in 2016. & Million is really too much to keep him? Ok… it has to be injury related….

  58. Big_Mike392 says: Jun 7, 2017 10:09 AM

    He was at the Nashville Predators Game 3 on Saturday. Titans maybe could use a veteran WR like Decker. Just connecting some dots…

  59. justafanofnfl says: Jun 7, 2017 10:15 AM

    meh, simple math.

    Jets paid him 21.5 million over three years (a bargain) and only incurred 18.5 million in cap money. They will probably have 3 million in dead cap charges for 2017.

    The cap cost combined with his injury history makes the final two years of his deal untenable from a risk/reward financial viewpoint for the Jets.

    It’s fun to give the Jets grief but any team would have probably taken the same stance even if they weren’t rebuilding.

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