New York Jets Gang Green Daily, 4/18/17: Is Eric Decker On The Move?
Jul 28, 2016; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) jogs after a drill during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Gang Green Daily talks Eric Decker trade possibilities? Why trade Sheldon Richardson on the cheap?

The Eric Decker moving on from the New York Jets isn’t news, it’s been rumored for a long time. Although no realistic options outside of a straight release have come up, until now.

ESPN Staff Writer, Bill Barnwell, proposed trade scenarios for every team in the NFL. Before I give my opinion, give it a read and develop your own opinion here:

6. New York Jets

Titans get: 1-6, 5-150, WR Eric Decker
Jets get: 1-5, 6-214

“Alternately, if the Jets are worried about a team moving ahead of them to grab a quarterback, they can just make their own push for the fifth selection. The Titans are in need of a wide receiver to flesh out their offense, and if they aren’t in love with any of the options available at this point of the draft, they can go after help in the secondary with their pick and still acquire a useful player in Decker.”

“The 30-year-old missed virtually all of the 2016 season after undergoing surgeries on his hip and rotator cuff, but he’s only one year removed from a 1,000-yard season despite playing alongside Brandon Marshall (who gobbled up targets) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (who is Ryan Fitzpatrick). The Titans could take a shot on Decker without missing out on anybody they would have drafted at five, although they may want the former Broncos third-round pick to take a pay cut from his $7.3 million base salary.”

Eric Decker on the move?

This trade makes sense on paper. The Tennessee Titans still have a need at corner, so the Jets could move ahead for Marshon Lattimore if he’s still available. Or as Barnewell suggested for the potential quarterback they’d want.

After the face lift the Jets did this offseason, many expected guys like Decker to be next on the chopping block. While it may just be formalities why Decker is still on the roster. You can’t release players who can’t pass a physical or you’ll be liable for certain guarantees on his contract.

So the Jets are biding their time to either release him or trade him for chump, that may not be a matter of if, but when.

Something else that may be inevitable is Sheldon Richardson being traded. Although one front office executive agrees with my principals on this matter, trade him ONLY if the price is right.

I’d hang onto him, see how he plays and maybe get a compensatory selection in the 2019 draft when he signs elsewhere during next year’s free-agency period.”

My opinion is what’s the harm in keeping him on a one-year rental and maximize his talents and lose him next year for a compensatory pick. Which by the way will probably be the same pick, if not better than what’d you get through a trade.

Although just like in that Decker deal, Richardson’s value will be maximized on draft day. Perhaps in a combo deal to move up in the draft. Perhaps launch back into the bottom of round one for a quarterback or best player available?

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