While we have been talking up the way the Denver Broncos have upgraded their defense the past few days, not all things are golden with the John Elway ran club. Today they just lost free agent wide receiver Eric Decker to the New York Jets as he has agreed to terms on a five-year, $36.25 million dollar contract.
Entering the free agency signing period, the Jets organization identified the wide receiver position as one that is of great, dire need, and now they have walked away with one of the best, if not the best option that was available on the market.
I have mixed feelings about this signing. In Denver Decker was allowed to be utilized in schemes that fit his abilities. Playing alongside Demaryius Thomas and last year Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, defenses were rarely able to double-team the 27-year-old. Now he becomes the main option in an offense that is not only stagnant, but void of much else. Opposing teams will be showing Decker tougher coverages in 2014 than what he has seen in any season during his NFL career.
I view Decker as a legitimate No.2 receiver who can be an amazing offensive weapon when placed into the right system. The book is still open to see whether or not he will be able to excel with the Jets. And unless they upgrade their offense more, he could turn out to be a major dissapointment compared to the 87 receptions and 1,288 receiving yards that he put up last year. And it isn’t hard to believe that his double-digit touchdowns could easily become a thing of the past. One thing is for certain though, Geno Smith has got to be a very happy young man right now.