Jets to Part Ways with Wide Receiver Eric Decker
As earlier predicted, the New York Jets will reportedly part ways with wide receiver Eric Decker this week.
Rich Cimini of ESPN.com first reported the move, per information from Adam Schefter, saying the Jets will either trade or waive Decker. Releasing Decker will save the Jets some $5.75 million in cap space.
Hours earlier, the Jets waived veteran linebacker David Harris as part of their housecleaning. They also released Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie over the past 18 months.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the Jets may have a hard time finding a trade partner as Decker is not fully yet healthy. Decker was still in a red non-contact jersey during Monday's organized team activities.
Alex Butler of UPI reported that several teams will be interested in acquiring the services of a veteran wideout, saying that the Tennessee Titans may express interest in a red-zone specialist.
Decker suited up for the Denver Broncos for four years before signing with the Jets in 2014. In his first year, he received 74 passes for 962 yards and five touchdowns and had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns the following year.
It was a disaster for Decker last season as he played just three games, catching nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He landed on injured reserve on Oct. 12 with a torn rotator cuff and underwent hip surgery on Oct. 18 and shoulder surgery on Nov. 15.
The Jets can afford to lose Decker as they recently signed former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton, who tallied 37 catches for 408 yards while playing 68 percent of the offensive snaps for the 49ers.
A fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2013, Patton will join Quincy Enunwa in the Jets' receiving corps. Patton is reunited with his first position coach, John Morton, the Jets' new offensive coordinator.
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