Ask and you shall receive. For years fans of the New York Jets have been growing tired waiting for the team to finally bring in a top wide receiver in the NFL free agency. After making no moves on the first day of free agency, the Jets went to work on acquiring their rumored top targets to see if deals could be made. The Jets were able to come to an agreement with both wide receiver Eric Decker and offensive lineman Breno Giacomini.
Decker agreed in principle to a five-year, $36.25 million contract that will see his allegiance switch gears from the Denver Broncos to the Jets. Let’s face it, the Jets absolutely needed to get a solid wide receiver since last year they ended the season as the 31st-ranked passing offense. Being in the bottom of the NFL in that statistic means you absolutely need to upgrade your receivers. Decker will surely help boost their rankings in that category as he now becomes the Jets’ top receiver.
In order for quarterback Geno Smith to continue his development, he needs to be surrounded with top talent. Decker will give Smith a great red zone option as well as a talented player who will make everyone else play better around him.
For the Jets to answer the departure of Austin Howard to the Oakland Raiders in free agency, they quickly addressed it by signing Giacomini. He will immediately be placed as the right tackle on the offensive line and is a definite upgrade over Howard.
Once the news broke on both of these signings, criticism soon hit social media that the Jets overpaid for a No. 2 kind of receiver and a downgraded player for their offensive line. Nobody will know how these acquisitions will turn out until the season actually starts and the team starts performing.
Needless to say, these are not the only moves the Jets plan to make, and there is also the 2014 NFL Draft coming up soon. Basically the Jets aren’t done exploring all options to address their team needs.
Yes, Decker won’t have the arm of quarterback Peyton Manning padding his stats and Giacomini is leaving his Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks behind. Keep in mind that there are plenty of professionals within the Jets organization who know a lot more about free agency than what fans are ranting about on social media. The amount of work that goes in to determine what free agents will immediately impact the team is unmeasurable.
Most fans should leave it to the pros and enjoy these two successful acquisitions because they will indeed improve the Jets this upcoming season.