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Eric Decker | Wide Receiver

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 214
College: Minnesota
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Eric Decker is inactive for Saturday night's preseason game.
Decker has been dealing with a quad injury and won't play as a precaution. Jeff Cumberland, Jalen Saunders, and Chris Ivory are also sitting out. Aug 16 - 5:39 PM

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ESPN New York expects Eric Decker to be amongst the league leaders in targets.

The reasons are obvious. The Jets have a ramshackle receiver corps beyond their new No. 1, and an equally raw and uninspiring group of tight ends. Decker is going to sorely miss catching passes from Peyton Manning, but could indeed improve on the 137 looks he drew a season ago. That was good for 18th in the league. Decker is a borderline WR2 for fantasy purposes.
Jul 24 - 8:55 PM

Jets signed WR Eric Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

The $7.25M annual average is quite reasonable. Decker, 27, set career highs in catches (87) and receiving yards (1,288 yards) with Denver last season, scoring 11 touchdowns. He caught a lot of heat during the free-agent period after experiencing a colder-than-expected market, but is a much-needed addition to the Jets' otherwise barren receiver corps. Decker is a physical, largely sure-handed wideout who moves the chains and can beat defensive backs deep. Unfortunately, he's downgrading quarterbacks in spectacular fashion going from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith, and will be the focus of defensive attention in New York after serving as Manning's No. 3 or 4 option. He'd do well to get back near 1,000 yards with the Jets. Decker will be a borderline WR3 in 2014 fantasy.
Mar 12 - 11:27 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the Jets are "making a push" to sign free agent Eric Decker during his Wednesday visit.

The Jets may feel some urgency to make a splash after the division-rival Patriots scooped up Darrelle Revis. Decker is currently in New Jersey having dinner with Jets executives. Decker has not generated the free-agent market most anticipated, but we still expect him to sign for something in the $7-8 million per-year range. Anything less would be a coup by second-year GM John Idzik.
Mar 12 - 9:12 PM

Free agent Eric Decker is visiting the Jets Wednesday.

Decker made the flight from Denver to New Jersey on Tuesday night. The top wideout available is meeting with the team that has the biggest need, as the Jets currently feature Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill as their top-three receivers. Decker's stats have been inflated by Peyton Manning over the last two years and he may not be a "true" No. 1 wideout, but he'd be a massive upgrade for Geno Smith.
Mar 12 - 7:31 AM

NFL Network suggests the Colts, Browns, Texans and Lions as possible landing spots for free agent Eric Decker.

It's been eerily quiet on the Decker front through three hours of free agency as teams have prioritized help on the offensive and defensive lines. It doesn't mean Decker won't get paid. He remains the No. 1 wideout available, and all four of these teams are desperate for No. 2 options. Decker's market will heat up.
Mar 11 - 6:41 PM

The Denver Post expects free agent Eric Decker to command $8-$9 million annually.

It's a very realistic number. The Post cites the annual average salaries of Dwayne Bowe ($11.2M), Greg Jennings ($9M) and Mike Williams ($7.2M), and the NFL's salary cap is increasing by $10 million. So even if Decker's 172/2352/24 line over the last two seasons has been inflated by Peyton Manning, he's still going to get paid. The Broncos are not expected to pony up the cash as they look to 2015, when Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas need to get locked up.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 5 - 9:30 AM

Vic Lombardi of CBS 4 Denver reports the Colts "have interest" in free agent Eric Decker.

The Colts have a plethora of young wide receiver and tight end talent, but paying big bucks to Decker would be a move typical of increasingly meddlesome owner Jim Irsay, who spent heartily in 2013 free agency before pressuring GM Ryan Grigson into dealing for Trent Richardson. Easily this year's top free agent wideout, Decker is going to be paid like a No. 1A receiver on the open market. He'd be a great match out wide for Andrew Luck, but upgrading Luck's protection would probably be a better approach for the Colts. Irsay prefers splashy moves.
Feb 26 - 9:00 PM

Broncos GM John Elway confirmed at the Combine he expects free agents Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno to test the open market.

"I think they have to hit the market, especially when you look at where we are and what we have coming up," Elway said. Decker is expected to command at least $8 million per season and the Broncos don't have the cap space to afford him with Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and Wes Welker all up for free agency after the 2014 season. Denver is also expected to let free agent LB Wesley Woodyard test the open market.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 9:32 PM

The Chargers are not expected to have enough cap space to pursue free agent Eric Decker.

In theory, Decker would be a good fit in San Diego because head coach Mike McCoy was Denver's offensive coordinator from 2009-12, and the Chargers lack talent behind Keenan Allen. But according to Overthecap.com, they're already $836,170 over the salary cap -- fourth-worst in the league. Decker is expected to command at least $8 million per season when he hits the open market in March.
Feb 19 - 8:14 AM

Free agent Eric Decker indicated that he and the Broncos aren't in the same ballpark money-wise, and he intends to "do what is best for my family."

"If we can get on the same page, I will welcome a call from the Broncos, but I need to do what is best for my family," Decker said. "It's not all about the money for me. It's about going to work everyday and having fun and enjoying my job." Money may not ultimately be the deciding factor, but it's going to play a big part. There's been chatter that Decker could command upwards of $10 million annually on the open market. The Broncos aren't going to pay that. Decker is going to be a rich man come mid-March. He'll have a hot market.
Feb 18 - 12:54 PM

The Boston Herald is the second media outlet this week to project free agent Eric Decker's forthcoming contract to be in the $10 million-per-year range.

Early last week, ESPN New York set the bar at "at least" $9 million a year. "Eric Decker might land $10 million per season," writes Herald reporter Jeff Howe. Howe believes Hakeem Nicks may only command $3 million to $4 million annually. It seems Howe is guessing, but informed guesses are notable. All signs point to Decker being paid like a true No. 1 wideout this offseason.
Feb 16 - 12:57 PM

ESPN New York expects free agent Eric Decker to command "No. 1" receiver-type money, or "at least" $9 million per year.

It's a pretty optimistic projection in a year where the incoming collegiate receiver group is considered incredibly deep. We'll say this for Decker: Greg Jennings landed a deal worth $9 million annually from the Vikings last offseason, and Decker is worth more than him. Still, if Decker is going to command that kind of money, receiver-needy teams would be savvy to exhaust all possible alternatives. He's a strong No. 2 wideout in the NFL, but does not tilt coverage.
Feb 10 - 2:32 PM

Free agent Eric Decker acknowledged he's uncertain whether the Broncos will re-sign him.

"I would love to come back," said Decker. "I don't know my future, either." Decker turns 27 in March, and multiple NFL insiders have reported the Broncos will let him reach the open market, where he's likely to receive several big-time contract offers. The franchise tag is not being discussed as a reasonable means for Denver to keep Decker. We expect him to play elsewhere in 2014.
Feb 9 - 1:54 PM

Free agent Eric Decker would "love" to re-sign with the Broncos, but admits the situation is out of his control.

It's the diplomatic tone all smart free agents strike. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Denver plans to let Decker test the open market, meaning he's all but certain to be playing elsewhere next season. The "win-now" Broncos simply don't have the cap space to lock up Decker with Demaryius and Julius Thomas both entering contract years.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 8:48 PM