On Tuesday, New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan informed the public that the Jets will release wide receiver Eric Decker if they are unable to trade him. Losing Decker would create $5.75 million in cap space for the rebuilding Jets.
One team’s over-payed veteran is another’s god-sent receiving option.
I have nearly wore my keyboard out writing about how the Ravens need receiver’s. They lost three of their top four targets in Steve Smith’s retirement, Kamar Aiken’s free agency loss, and Dennis Pitta’s perhaps career ending injury and resulting cut.
A trade for Decker is seemingly unlikely however, as he has had injury problems of late after landing on the injured reserve last October with a torn rotator cuff.
In the event that Decker is released the Ravens would be wise to bring him on. He would certainly slot in as a top three receiver and probably as a starter, depending on the team’s commitment to draft-bust, Breshad Perriman.
Reuniting Decker with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would give Baltimore the scoring threat that they desperately need after losing Pitta. Only four receiver’s have scored more than Decker’s 43 touchdowns since 2012.
Another attractive feature of Decker is his remarkable consistency. Per ESPN, in 18 of his last 19 games, Decker has either caught passes for more than 80 yards or scored a touchdown.
The Ravens would be well served to add a quality receiver like Decker. And Decker would be well served to sign with a team that need his talents so desperately.