Thursday, March 13, 2014

Decker extends visit to New York, signs with Jets


Eric Decker had a couple more visits scheduled after the New York Jets Wednesday, but Gang Green wasn't about to let him get to them.

Just hours after the New England Patriots inked former Jet cornerback Darrelle Revis to a pricey one-year contract, the Jets responded by signing the former Denver Broncos wide receiver Decker.

Decker was spotted dining out with Jets coach Rex Ryan & Co., and it appeared all parties were happy. Perception was reality.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Decker's new deal is worth $36.25 million over five years, with $15 million guaranteed.

The Jets upgraded their subpar receiving corps in a pretty substantial way, and Decker will have an opportunity to prove that he's not just a product of Peyton Manning, all the while getting paid handsomely. Decker was Manning's No. 2 receiver the past two years despite hauling in 172 receptions and 24 touchdowns in that span.

New York is still expected to acquire a wideout early in the upcoming receiver-rich draft, so quarterback Geno Smith will have plenty more to work with in his sophomore season. All of a sudden, slot receiver Jeremy Kerley can breath a little.

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