2014 NFL Free Agency: Eric Decker and His Impact on New York Jets

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Eric Decker
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The 2014 NFL Free Agency will be upon us soon, March 11 to be exact. There will be a nice selection of big names who are looking for a brand new home and, of course, more financial security. Free agency is a beautiful thing, since the right moves could make an NFL team go from pretender to major contender. When you look at the list, you see names like Michael Vick, Maurice-Jones Drew and Justin Tuck, all of which are just a few guys who on a new team just might thrive again in a new system. One particular name in free agency that should have plenty of teams interested in acquiring is wide receiver Eric Decker. It’s believed he’ll be the hottest wide receiver on the free agency market this year, as he’s definitely looking for a long-term commitment, as well as a big pay day.

Decker is coming off a career year with the Denver Broncos in which he caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. His average per catch was an amazing 14.8, which shows he is a capable of being a big threat in pretty much any offensive scheme he is a part of. While most will say he’s only been having great statistics due to his quarterback being Peyton Manning, his skills say otherwise. Even though he’s got a future Hall of Fame quarterback calling all plays, Decker knows his worth and expects the Broncos to give a hefty serious offer before he takes his talents elsewhere. In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio early last month, Decker said he needs to do what is best for his family, which is very understandable. Let’s face it, a wide receiver who is going on consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with double digits in touchdowns knows he is worth every penny on a big contract for all his contributions to a team.

It’s been quite some time since the New York Jets have made a big splash in free agency. The only way a team can truly have a successful season that ends with a Super Bowl victory is to have the absolute best talent at every position; you need a mix of veterans, drafted rookies, and young players who won’t satisfy for anything less than a championship. The Jets have to realize that if they are to be taken seriously and actually go for a 11 or 12 win season, you need to acquire top talent. It’s clear that Decker is the real deal in free agency, so the Jets need to make sure if they want to be playing football after the season is over, they should make a serious offer for his services. If you want to build a team that will contend in the AFC East, it makes sense to bring in someone of his caliber.

General manager John Idzik can clearly make a bold statement on his passion to win by going after and signing Decker. It would finally give the Jets a true offensive weapon to complement quarterback Geno Smith and the rest of the acquisitions they plan to make between free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft. The impact Decker would have on the Jets would be incredible as his speed, superb route running and excellent play-making skills would catapult them right into playoff contention in the AFC East.

What do you think, Jets fans? Do you think the Jets should add Decker to the top of their free agency wish list?

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LTJ81, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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