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Five Thoughts on Eric Decker to the New York Jets

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The New York Jets add Eric Decker to improve their terrible wide receiver corps.

Five Thoughts on Eric Decker to the New York Jets

1. Finally. The Jets finally have a legitimate weapon for quarterback Geno Smith to throw to. Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson are solid receivers, but they are are nowhere near the kind of player Decker is. He gives Geno a big and strong target to throw to with his 6'3", 214 pound frame. While he doesn't possess elite speed, he is still a threat to beat a defense deep. He is a good pass catcher, though he does have a tendency to drop easy catches once in awhile. He also has a knack of finding the end zone with eight, 13 and 11 touchdowns in his last three seasons, respectively.

2. Stealthy. General manager John Idzik has done a great job keeping the organization's free agent targets close to the vest, given there were no indications the Jets were interested in Decker until he actually visited the team on Tuesday. He also kept the media in the dark on the progress of the visit. It was very quiet on the Jets' front all day and it seemed to make the writers very anxious as they desperately tried to find any sign that Decker was going to be a Jet or not. 

3. Productive. Decker has been a very productive wide receiver throughout his career. He is coming off his best season yet, where he caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. Decker likely won't provide those type of numbers with the Jets since he won't have Peyton Manning throwing to him, but he still should be able to exceed Kerley's line of 523 yards for three touchdowns, which was the best on the team. In addition, despite having Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow as his quarterbacks in 2011, he still produced decent numbers with 47 receptions, 612 yards, and 8 touchdowns. The Jets haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jerricho Cotchery in 2007, so if Decker can get close or surpass the 1,000-yard mark, he would already be a success. 

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4. Fair. The Jets resisted the urge to overpay for Decker and signed him to a very fair contract. Decker's contract with the Jets will be 5-years, $36.25 million, including $15 million guaranteed. $7.25 million per year is a huge bargain compared to Decker's rumored asking price of $9 million to $10 million. Decker is a great number two wide receiver and he is rightfully getting paid like one. 

5. Not done yet. The Jets are far from finished upgrading the wide receiver corps. The Jets are reportedly very interested in Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones who has a visit scheduled with the team. They could also look at names such as Hakeem Nicks, Julian Edelman, Emmanuel Sanders and Miles Austin. Also, the Jets can add a true number one wide receiver via the draft, which is touted as the deepest wide receiver class in recent history. 

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