The Eric Decker saga in Denver is officially over.
The New York Jets announced they had come to an agreement on a contract with the free agent receiver, and reportedly the deal is for five seasons worth $36.25 million with $15 million in guarantees.
Decker had two straight seasons with over 85 catches, 1,000 plus yards, and double digit touchdowns with the Broncos. He was drafted by the team in 2010 in the third round out of Minnesota, though he could have gone way higher if not for an injury his senior season.
The Broncos got a bargain in Decker in the draft, but not so much when he hit the open market four years later. Decker is likely to be the highest paid receiver on the market this offseason, and for the Jets, he could become the unquestioned number one target for Geno Smith/Mark Sanchez, or whoever is throwing passes.
Decker had established his family in Denver, and is best friends with Broncos receiver and now former teammate Demaryius Thomas, who stood as the best man at Decker’s wedding.
Congrats to Decker, who gave the Broncos four great years and was part of a rebuilding process that saw the team go from having the worst record in the league to being the AFC Champions. He experienced it all and now has a chance to establish a legacy after signing a rich free agent contract.
The Broncos reportedly never made Decker an offer.
Mile High Salue to you, Decker!