I’m not sure if Decker did his homework, but the Jets don’t have a quarterback to throw him the ball. While he was still in Denver, the place where he became a household name, he had Peyton Manning. As Manning has proven throughout his career, he can take any receiver and make them a star. The sheer fact that Manning is throwing the ball will give them huge numbers.
The Jets currently have Matt Simms and Geno Smith with Mark Sanchez likely to be cut. As you can tell, neither of three are anywhere close to Manning skill-wise. Smith had a solid rookie season, but let’s be honest; he’s not going to be winning playoff games anytime soon. He’s not good enough to turn average receivers into star receivers.
Consider this: Decker caught just 44 passes in the season prior to Manning joining the Broncos. In 2012 and 2013, Decker caught at least 85 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. The difference between Decker being a premier receiver in the NFL and an average slot receiver is and was Peyton Manning.
It makes sense why Decker would go to New York. The Jets like to throw the football and they offered him a lot of money. He enters a situation where he becomes to the featured receiver, something he wasn’t in Denver. With the Broncos, he was third behind Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas. Now he’s the man, and that’s got to be a good feeling.
Unfortunately for him, the New England Patriots were the lucky winners in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes. When the Jets square off against New England twice a season, you can bet Decker and Revis will be matched up one-on-one. When that happens, I don’t anticipate Decker finding much success.
While Decker will be making millions over the next several seasons, he’ll realize soon enough that he’s not receiving passes from Peyton Manning. Signing with the Jets, while financially great, will prove to be career suicide.