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Jets give up on trade, will release Eric Decker

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The Jets couldn’t find anyone to take Eric Decker’s $7.25 million salary. So they’ll cut him loose.

Decker will be released, the Jets announced. That comes after the Jets tried to trade Decker but couldn’t find any teams willing to take on his contract unless the Jets would pay some of his salary. The Jets didn’t want to eat as much of Decker’s salary as teams were asking, so that ended trade discussions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 30-year-old Decker played in just three games before a shoulder injury ended his season last year, catching nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He’s expected to be healthy and ready to go this season.

Now the only question is where he’ll play next. After four years with the Broncos and three with the Jets, he’s free to try to find a new team. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to settle for less than $7.25 million this season.

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39 Responses to “Jets give up on trade, will release Eric Decker”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:07 PM

    LOL!

    The Jets have the dumbest front office in the history of sports.

    Who would trade for him when they know they will release him?

    His contract is far too large to trade for.

    My god are they dumb.

  2. bassplucker says: Jun 12, 2017 5:08 PM

    I bet the Bears bring him on a 1-year deal. They are accumulating as many old/injured borderline starters as they can at WR and hoping enough of them stay healthy through camp to make the 53.

  3. phillycheez says: Jun 12, 2017 5:09 PM

    Jet’s seem to be giving up on a lot of things lately. Feel sorry for their fans who have to endure their ineptitude.

  4. theghostofottograham says: Jun 12, 2017 5:10 PM

    Browns Please…!!!

  5. mongo3401 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:10 PM

    Zuk for Luck Part Deux

  6. joetorontoo says: Jun 12, 2017 5:11 PM

    Let’s Go Buffalo!

  7. badrapp says: Jun 12, 2017 5:13 PM

    I have never seen such a horrible organization try so hard to reinvent what the turd in the punch bowl looks like. Pretty clear what their intentions are with the first pick in 2018. So much for the integrity of the game.

  8. corkspop says: Jun 12, 2017 5:15 PM

    Bills should give him a look. Maybe wait and see who else shakes loose first as teams cut down.

  9. kurdishpats1 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:17 PM

    Suck For Luck…..part 2.

  10. Kapodaco says: Jun 12, 2017 5:18 PM

    Much like with Maclin, if his injuries combined with his cap number are enough of a drawback to his talent to have him released, it’s justifiable.

    But if they’re wrong, they’ll regret it.

  11. pastabelly says: Jun 12, 2017 5:19 PM

    If healthy, he’s a better option than Maclin.

  12. exinsidetrader says: Jun 12, 2017 5:20 PM

    Bills.

  13. peebag says: Jun 12, 2017 5:23 PM

    Dude is coming off of 2 off season surgeries – anyone who picks him up better be really careful.

  14. daysend564 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:27 PM

    On to Buffalo with you…

  15. jag1959 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:28 PM

    badrapp says:
    Jun 12, 2017 5:13 PM
    I have never seen such a horrible organization try so hard to reinvent what the turd in the punch bowl looks like. Pretty clear what their intentions are with the first pick in 2018. So much for the integrity of the game.
    _____________________________

    Nothing new there, the Jets are just being more obvious about it. The Browns may or may not have done it last season but there is no doubt the Colts have already done it twice.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 12, 2017 5:33 PM

    He will make a decent #2 or #3 receiver for some team. He was vastly overrated after playing with Manning and I’m sure teams have realized that. I could see him reuniting with John Fox in Chicago.

  17. trollaikman8 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:41 PM

    Surely this helps them close the gap with NE.

    And I do mean Northeastern.

  18. mongo3401 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:45 PM

    Bills will not sign him. They already have an immensely overpaid TE with a knee that’s been bad since college. Besides, Whaley has left the building.

  19. jsrdc says: Jun 12, 2017 5:46 PM

    @ phillycheez says:

    “Jet’s seem to be giving up on a lot of things lately. Feel sorry for their fans who have to endure their ineptitude.”

    This from a fan of a franchise who let smoothie king Chip Kelly dismantle the team for 3 seasons. Let’s not forget the Jets fans actually have a SB win to their legacy – and your Eagles have exactly how many SB wins in their legacy?

    This is priceless. Thanks for a good laugh, bro.

  20. scmems07 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:48 PM

    He’d be a good fit for the Cardinals. Keep Fitz in the slot and have Decker and J.Brown line up outside. Considering Brown can stay healthy this year. I could see him going to the Redskins as well. He’ll get picked up pretty quickly.

  21. rodgerstonelson says: Jun 12, 2017 5:49 PM

    Wow, when you announce that you are going to cut him if you can not find a trade partner. Why would anyone trade for him?

  22. woodson28 says: Jun 12, 2017 5:56 PM

    “He will make a decent #2 or #3 receiver for some team. He was vastly overrated after playing with Manning and I’m sure teams have realized that.”

    2015 stats playing with Ryan Fitz, who is not Peyton Manning:

    80 catches, 1,027 yards, 12 TD.

    Not sure the overrated label applies.

  23. btv77 says: Jun 12, 2017 6:11 PM

    If I’m Eric I’m ok with the release. Already made plenty of money and have more time to spend at home with his smoking hot wife.

  24. firejerry says: Jun 12, 2017 6:20 PM

    At least the Jets are obvious, my Bears just suck at drafting no matter where they draft.

  25. trainwrecksryan says: Jun 12, 2017 6:23 PM

    He won’t go to the Bills; he probably wants to play for a professional team.

  26. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 12, 2017 6:35 PM

    He would be a good fit in GB or Dallas

  27. bencoates57 says: Jun 12, 2017 7:02 PM

    Jets are his only option next. Oh wait, he was just released by the Jets. I mean Jaguars.

  28. jbvikes says: Jun 12, 2017 7:06 PM

    Come home to Minny!

  29. mindelm42 says: Jun 12, 2017 7:36 PM

    I really don’t get why they announced we will try to trade him, but if we can’t we will release him. Talk about undermining his trade value. Why would anyone trade for him when you can pick him up at whatever salary you decide? It’s like Phil Jax saying he wants to get rid of ‘Melo who has a no trade. Undermining his trade value.

  30. xofdallas says: Jun 12, 2017 8:00 PM

    At least they’re not letting him dangle in the wind like Jones did to Romo.

  31. jaimebec says: Jun 12, 2017 8:17 PM

    Gary Vaynerchuk needs to buy the Jets and fix em!
    He won’t settle for mediocrity! I hope my Vikes bring Decker home to Minnesota!
    Be great for Bradford!

  32. richardernsberger says: Jun 12, 2017 8:19 PM

    If healthy, and he seems to be, Decker will be playing regularly for somebody next year–but at half the pay he was to make with the Jets.

  33. gonzoforbills says: Jun 12, 2017 8:23 PM

    joetorontoo says:
    Jun 12, 2017 5:11 PM

    Let’s Go Buffalo!
    _________________________________

    Maybe Toronto would be interested. Oh, wait; they don’t have a team and never will.

    Maybe he could be their first acquisition and they can hope they land a franchise and build around him…

  34. jakehoyt says: Jun 12, 2017 9:07 PM

    Arizona

  35. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:30 PM

    Packers… They need a replacement for Chester..er Jordy Nelson

  36. toddsuperbowles says: Jun 13, 2017 8:43 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 5:07 PM
    LOL!

    The Jets have the dumbest front office in the history of sports.

    Who would trade for him when they know they will release him?

    His contract is far too large to trade for.

    My god are they dumb.

    The Red Sox traded the greatest baseball player of all time to their division rival for cash.

  37. The Professional Introvert says: Jun 13, 2017 10:08 AM

    Just because he was released doesn’t mean he would go to your team. That’s why you trade for him if you want him. Not that difficult to understand.

  38. darksidecowboy says: Jun 13, 2017 1:07 PM

    I can see the Cards taking him with the last gasp of Carson Palmer.

  39. mindelm42 says: Jun 13, 2017 3:33 PM

    Just because he was released doesn’t mean he would go to your team. That’s why you trade for him if you want him. Not that difficult to understand.

    ————

    That’s assuming there is a lot of interest in him, which apparently there is not….Still you don’t ANNOUNCE that you will release him if you can’t trade him first, you try to trade him, THEN announce you are releasing him.

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