Considered by many as the top free agent wide receiver available, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker has agreed to a $36.25 million deal for five years with the New York Jets on Wednesday night.
The five year $36.25 million contract includes $15 million guaranteed. 26 year old, Decker is coming off back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons with Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Last season he recorded career highs of 87 receptions and 1,288 yards.
He will join a New York Jets team that finished 31st in passing offense in 2013 and lead by second-year quarterback Geno Smith. After releasing veteran Santonio Holmes this week, the current slim depth of wide receivers still on the team roster includes Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson.
When asked about if he's concerned about the prospect of switching from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith as quarterback, Decker responded "when you go from a Hall-of-Fame quarterback, no one else -- no matter who it is -- can be on the same level. Talking to the offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who has had a good track record in San Francisco and Philadelphia, he really believes in this kid. When you look at the statistics, yeah, he got off to a slow start, but he was hurt early on and he finished the season strong. He improved all season long in a tough market. That's pretty impressive."
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