Eric Decker, Jets agree to 5-year deal

The Jets and free-agent receiver Eric Decker have agreed to a five-year deal worth $36.25 million, which includes $15 million guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

With arguably the league's worst receiving corps prior to the start of free agency, the Jets need(ed) to upgrade the unit via free agency and/or the draft and this is a solid first step from that standpoint.

Not only did the Jets finish 31st in passing offense last year, but they recently released Santonio Holmes. The team's leading receiver in 2013 was Jeremy Kerley, who had 43 receptions for 523 yards.

The good news is that Decker has a total of 172 receptions for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns over his past two seasons combined. In both of those seasons, he has had 85-plus catches, 1,064-plus yards and 11-plus touchdowns.

The bad news is he put up those numbers with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball and Demaryius Thomas on the other side drawing the opponent's top cornerback.

While it's stating the obvious, going from Peyton to Geno Smith is a big downgrade and facing a team's top cornerback (like Patriots' newly-signed cornerback Darrelle Revis) will also make it more difficult to replicate his production over the past couple of seasons.

The Jets own the 18th overall pick in the first round and it wouldn't surprise me if they use that pick on either another receiver or a tight end like North Carolina's Eric Ebron (like I projected in my pre-free agency mock draft).





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