The Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday after they were unable to find a team as a trading partner.
"We think very highly of Eric. Our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do," GM Mike Maccagnan said earlier this week in a press release.
New York had reportedly discussed trading Decker to the Baltimore Ravens among other teams, however were unable to eat enough of Decker's $8.75 million cap hit for 2017 to make the numbers work, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.
The 30-year-old Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities last month after he missed 13 games last season due to hip and rotator cuff surgeries.
Decker caught 19 touchdowns and recorded 2,183 receiving yards and 163 catches in 33 games across three seasons with the team. He played four seasons with the Denver Broncos prior to joining New York.
New York will face $1.5 million cap hits this season and next season after releasing Decker, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
It seems ludicrous that the Jets were unable to find anyone willing to pay anything for Decker. It makes sense that Baltimore seemed the most likely trade partner, but that not one of the other 30 NFL teams would pay even a late draft pick to avoid having to bid for Decker on the open market? No one would pay anything?
I hate to say it, but this sort of move makes the Jets look feeble. With no real reason to release Decker at this point other than cap relief now and next year, moves like this validate suspicions that the Jets are tanking the 2017 season. Hopefully Decker can catch on with a contending team who actually has designs to compete in 2017.