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New York Jets agree to terms with wide receiver Eric Decker

Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media after Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8
Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media after Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8
(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The top free agent wide receiver is off the market. According to a report by ESPN on March 13, the New York Jets have signed former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker.

The team announced the signing late Wednesday night. Locking up Decker is the Jets’ biggest free-agent signing in the era of John Idzik and a necessary one as the Jets offense has struggled the last couple of seasons. According to ESPN’s Adam Scheffer, the deal is for five years and worth $36.25 million, with $15 million guaranteed.

The Jets became a front-runner for Decker, especially when he arrived in New Jersey and was spotted dining out with Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

The 27-year-old Decker had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and flourished with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning at the helm. He brings a big target on the outside for Geno Smith or whomever the quarterback will end up being in New York. He joins a receiving group of Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson. He goes from being the second option in the Broncos offense to clearing being the first in the Jets offense.

Following the signing, Decker addressed fans of the Broncos in the Denver Post.

“I’m very thankful for my four years in Denver. I think it’s one of the greatest cities to play in. Unfortunately, I never go an offer from the Broncos. Denver will always be a part of me but I’m excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life. On top of all that, my wife’s expecting our baby any second.”

Decker, who also was a part of a reality show, should fit in quite well in New York, both on the field and socially. Decker had 11 touchdowns last season as part of the Broncos record-breaking offense.

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