By Reid McEvoy
Sadly, the New York Jets have released wide receiver Eric Decker. Though anticipated, the news hurts nonetheless. Decker has been with the Jets for the last three seasons, though only able to truly play in two of them, but he was still a star and fan favorite in the hearts of Jets’ fans.
He finished his time in Green and White with 163 receptions, 2,183 yards and 19 touchdowns, including one that beat the New England Patriots in overtime two seasons ago. His release wasn’t due to poor performance, but more to the Jets’ current state as an organization, which includes shedding veterans with big money contracts.
It’s happening around the league as well, with the cap-motivated release by the Kansas City Chiefs of Jeremy Maclin, a move that cleared $10 million in cap space. That move hurt the Jets indirectly as well, as Maclin signed with the Baltimore Ravens, which was the team the Jets were hoping to trade Decker to. Without that trade partner, the Jets had to release a Decker, a move clearing $7.25 million in cap space.
The Jets have been clearing a lot of cap space after releasing Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, David Harris and now Eric Decker. But they haven’t been doing much with it, perhaps saving it all for a free agency splurge in the 2018 offseason, therefore tanking this season away. The Jets will already have $61 million in cap space next season, and that number will only grow after this season.
But until then we’ll have to wait and see.