Well, the New York Jets made a huge mistake on the second day of the 2014 NFL free agency signing period by taking the bait and signing former Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million deal. The 26-year-old receiver was a huge beneficiary of Peyton Manning, who makes all of his offensive teammates better and always has. Put simply, Geno Smith is not Peyton Manning, so don’t expect Decker to repeat his Denver success in the Big Apple.
Before Manning arrived in Denver, Decker’s season-high numbers were 44 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011 with Tim Tebow under center. Granted, Tebow to Manning is as drastic of a change as their can be, Smith’s inconsistency will spell disaster for Decker, who has never been the No. 1 receiver for an NFL team, especially one with a young, unproven quarterback like Smith.
The worst part is the Jets gave Decker $15 million guaranteed, which means the big money they needed to spend on a receiver has been done, although they don’t have a true No. 1 target. And if they think Decker is going to be a solid No. 1 target without an elite quarterback like Manning, they’ve got another thing coming. Expect more disappointment from your passing game in 2014, Jets fans.
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