New York Jets receiver Eric Decker was surprised his team drafted Christian Hackenberg, but why should he be?

By Gregg Cambareri

Eric Decker loves him some Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Naturally, he didn’t quite expect the Jets to select Christian Hackenberg in the second round.

“I was a little surprised to be honest,” Decker said Tuesday at the United Way of New York City’s annual Gridiron Gala. Decker was honored for his charitable work within the community.

There’s a business side to football whether you want to admit it or not. It’s no secret that Decker and fellow wideout Brandon Marshall want their quarterback to return. Given the success they each had last season, it’s hard to blame them. However, each side has a price in mind, and won’t budge (yet).


“It’s a team that I think is ready to win now. And we need someone, a veteran presence, at the quarterback position.” Hard to argue with that logic, but it’s just not that simple.

Given the Jets sticky salary cap situation, there’s a reason why they can’t meet Fitzpatrick’s asking price. What leverage Fitzpatrick thinks he has, not many people are sure. The draft pick of Hackenberg cements GM’s Mike Mccagnan’s standing on the situation.

“To get a quarterback in the second round, that’s a big decision,” Decker said. “You’re saying a lot about him.”

Mccagnan also said a lot about his QB situation, eh?
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