Written By: Florida Bengal
It’s good to be Eric Decker.
He’s got a beautiful wife, is soon to be a father, stars in a reality TV show and now is worth at least $15 million, if not $36 million more than he was a day ago.
Decker and the New York Jets agreed to a five-year, $36 million deal with at least $15 million guaranteed late Wednesday evening making Decker easily the most established wideout on the Jets roster.
“I’m excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life,” Decker told one Denver newspaper. “On top of that, my wife’s expecting our baby any second.”
Decker’s move could also help he and his wife, country music singer Jessie James, increase exposure for their reality TV show.
On the field, it will be on Decker to help second-year quarterback Geno Smith to gain confidence and grow as an NFL signal caller. The four-year receiver who has 172 catches for more than 2,300 yards and 24 touchdowns the last two seasons believes he’s up to the challenge.
“When you look at the statistics, yeah, (Smith) got off to a slow start,” Decker told CBS New York. “But he was hurt early on and he finished the season strong. He improved all season long in a tough market. That’s pretty impressive.”
The Jets don’t seem to be finished re-vamping their receiving corps with this big splash, however. The New York Daily News reports that the team has expressed an interest in Packers free agent receiver James Jones, who had 54 catches for 817 yards in Green Bay last season.