The New York Jets have officially released wide receiver Eric Decker after they were unable to trade him.
The Jets did receive interest for Decker from other teams, but his salary prevented a trade from happening. The receiver was scheduled to make a non-guaranteed $7.25 million this year but his remaining cap charges will be spread over two years, $1.5 million this year and next year, because he was cut after June 1, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. The Baltimore Ravens, who had shown interest in the Jets receiver, signed Jeremy Maclin on Monday, which made the Jets have to cut Decker.
“I want to thank Eric Decker for his contributions to the New York Jets over the past three seasons,” team owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “While with us, he was a competitive, productive, and dependable receiver who represented the team well both on and off the field. On behalf of the organization, I wish him the best as he continues his career.”
Decker was with the Jets for three seasons after being with the Denver Broncos. He had 163 receptions for 2,183 yards and 19 touchdowns with the Jets. In seven seasons he has 383 receptions, 5,253 yards, and 52 touchdowns.
With Decker now gone the Jets have traded or released 11 players this offseason, saving them $68 million. Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson are now the Jets top receivers. The question now is where will Decker end up?